People living in privately owned properties, who are on a low income, can receive help to insulate their homes thanks to a grant available from Mansfield District Council.
The Council has a budget of £60,000 for Affordable Warmth Grants in 2013/14, which has been allocated to help vulnerable homeowners to improve their home energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty.
A new policy has been adopted by the Council, which will enable the Council to target low income and vulnerable owner occupiers in fuel poverty by providing grants for loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and replacement boilers.
The main criteria for receiving the grants are income support, council tax benefit, housing benefit, income-related employment and support allowance (ESA), working tax credit (with a household income of less than £18,000) and child tax credit (with a household income of less than £18,000)
Just over five per cent of private sector households in Mansfield District were in fuel poverty in 2006, according to the 2006 private sector stock condition survey.
Homes where fuel poverty exists are generally those with poor energy efficiency and are occupied by people with low incomes who are least likely to afford improvements.
The aim of providing grants is to reduce fuel poverty by supporting improvements to the energy efficiency of homes among low income and vulnerable private households in Mansfield.
The decision to accept the policy was made by the Portfolio Holder for Housing Strategy and Regeneration, Coun Derek Evans, on 19th July.
The award of grants is subject to the availability of funding and is at the discretion of the Council.
Coun Derek Evans said: “Fuel poverty is unfortunately a very real problem experienced by many homeowners in Mansfield District. By adopting this new policy, the Council will be able to ensure that the residents who are most in need receive the necessary help to improve their housing conditions.”
For more information and to apply for the Affordable Warmth Grant, please call Mansfield District Council on 01623 463 472.