BARNSLEY residents could be eligible for a central heating system in a bid to tackle fuel poverty during the winter months.

The scheme is run through Barnsley Council who will offer the central heating systems to help combat fuel poverty for struggling families who have been financially affected due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fuel poverty occurs when the cost of a household's fuel bill is more than the average, and if paying the costs would leave the family with an income below the poverty line.

To qualify for the scheme you must heat your home with electric, coal, or stand-alone gas fires.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “You don’t have to be on benefits to qualify. Installation includes an A-rated Ideal Logic combi boiler with a two-year warranty. We could help you get connected to the mains gas supply free of charge.”

To find out more information, or to check your eligibility, click here.