Scheme of­fers chance of free win­ter warmer

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

HOME­OWN­ERS could be el­i­gi­ble to have their gas heat­ing ap­pli­ance re­paired or re­placed free with the Win­ter Warm Scheme.

West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil has re­ceived fund­ing from Lan­cashire County Coun­cil’s pub­lic health team to of­fer the scheme for a sixth suc­ces­sive year.

Through the scheme owner-oc­cu­piers in West Lan­cashire are be­ing of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to have their gas heat­ing ap­pli­ances re­paired free of charge to help keep them warm and save money on their gas bills this win­ter.

Gas boil­ers can also be re­placed, sub­ject to cer­tain con­di­tions.

The scheme is avail­able to qual­i­fy­ing owner oc­cu­piers who are in re­ceipt of cer­tain ben­e­fits, who suf­fer with cer­tain health con­di­tions and do not have a plan in place that cov­ers boiler re­pairs.

Cllr Kevin Wright, port­fo­lio holder for health and com­mu­nity safety, said: “The West Lan­cashire Win­ter Warm Scheme could re­ally help peo­ple feel warmer in their homes and I would urge owner oc­cu­piers to check if they are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply.”

Ten­ants can­not ap­ply to the scheme as it is the land­lords’ re­spon­si­bil­ity to main­tain or re­place any heat­ing ap­pli­ances in­clud­ing gas boil­ers.

Fund­ing is lim­ited so res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to ap­ply as soon as pos­si­ble.

For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing terms and con­di­tions, please visit www. west­lancs.gov.uk/win­ter­warm.

To find out if you are el­i­gi­ble and ap­ply to the West Lan­cashire Win­ter Warm Scheme, please con­tact the pri­vate sec­tor hous­ing team on 01695 585279 quot­ing the West Lancs Win­ter Warm Scheme.

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