Almost 2,000 contact home heating scheme

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Hundreds of borough residents have enquired about keeping their homes warm, new figures have revealed.

Despite a mild winter, more than 1,800 referrals have been made to the npower Health Through Warmth scheme from people in need of heating help.

While Spring may just be around the corner, we encourage residents to ensure their heating systems are fighting fit

Elaine Midwinter, npower Health Through Warmth scheme manager

The scheme works with a range of community organisations, charities and local authorities to assist vulnerable homeowners with the funding and installation or repair of crucial heating measures, such as boilers, in the home.

Elaine Midwinter, npower Health Through Warmth scheme manager, said: “Warmth in the home is vital to wellbeing which is why it’s important that residents in North Tyneside whose health could be impacted by cold temperatures aren’t caught out by faulty or inadequate heating systems.

“While Spring may just be around the corner, we encourage residents to ensure their heating systems are fighting fit to avoid being caught out by the UK’s often unpredictable weather.”

Homeowners who have a long-term illness, a low income with little or no savings and who are unable to fully fund heating measures in their homes may be able to benefit from the scheme.

For more information about the scheme or to find out if you or someone you know could be eligible for help, visit www.healththroughwarmth.com

Since being founded in 2000, more than 85,000 residents across England and Wales have been referred to the scheme.