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Homeowners can apply now for the West Lancs Winter Warm Scheme

Homeowners could be eligible to have their gas heating appliance repaired or replaced for 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, for example those who are in receipt of certain benefits, who have a health condition that is affected by the cold and who do not have a plan in place that covers boiler repairs. If the cost of the work will exceed £1,000, the home owner must also be in fuel poverty.

For more information, including terms and conditions and a full list of eligibility criteria, please visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/winterwarm.

Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for Health and Community Safety, said: “The West Lancs 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.

To find out if you are eligible and apply to the West Lancs Winter Warm Scheme, please contact the Private Sector Housing Team on 01695 585279 quoting the West Lancs Winter Warm Scheme.

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