Vulnerable people in Twickenham will be kept warm with the Conservative Council’s help this winter, now the authority has agreed to take over funding of the Coldbusters grants for energy efficiency works to keep homes properly insulated.
Coldbuster grants help cover the cost of works including installation of central heating systems and new boilers, heating controls and loft and cavity installation into the homes of those who need it most. The grants, which have previously been funded by the Mayor of London can total up to £6,000 per household.
Cllr Nicola Urquhart, Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Housing said: “I see it as essential that these grants continue to be available to households, which is why we have taken the decision to fund them ourselves. Keeping our most vulnerable residents happy and healthy and living comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible is one of our top priorities.
“I know there is a high level of demand for Coldbuster funding and by taking on the cost of providing the grants we can help prevent many issues and illnesses associated with cold homes during harsh winters. The improvements paid for by a grant will also help residents, many of whom will be on fixed incomes, cut their utility bills.”
The Coldbusters scheme is available to residents who receive disability related benefits and to vulnerable over 60s.
To find out if you are eligible for a Coldbusters grant, contact the Council on 0208 891 7436.