Scarborough Council launches scheme to make thousands of homes warmer and more affordable to heat
Thousands of homes in the Borough of Scarborough could benefit from a new scheme being launched this week.
In a new partnership, Scarborough Borough Council has joined forces with energy saving and heating services company, J & J Crump & Son Ltd, to launch Warm up the Borough, a scheme which aims to help householders in Scarborough, Filey and Whitby make their homes warmer and more affordable to heat.
The scheme will see J & J Crump & Son Ltd installing energy efficiency measures into eligible homes for free, which could deliver savings of up to £460 per year on fuel bills for the householder. Eligible households will have the work funded by the Government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
Recent changes to ECO mean that the council is now able to widen the qualification criteria of those eligible for help. A letter is being delivered to selected homes throughout the borough this week, dual branded with the Scarborough Borough Council and the J & J Crump & Son Ltd logos, explaining how people can take advantage of the scheme.
The letter includes full details of the qualifying criteria and for most people receiving the letter, the energy efficiency measures will be free.
Andrew Rowe, Scarborough Borough Council Housing Manager said: “Under the Warm up the Borough scheme, thousands of households that have a low income or have someone with a long-term health condition or are in receipt of benefits, will be able to benefit from a range of energy efficiency measures such as cavity wall insulation, party wall insulation, loft insulation, room in roof insulation and in some cases replacement boilers or new heating systems. In the past, the qualification criteria for funding were really restrictive so we know that many households will have missed out on previous schemes.
“We are committed to both reducing fuel poverty and improving the energy efficiency of housing stock within our borough. Our agreement with J & J Crump & Son Ltd means thousands of people can look forward to living in warmer homes, leading to lower fuel bills, more disposal income and better health."