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Help For People Suffering With Fuel Poverty

Tuesday April 29 2014

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PEOPLE living in cold, damp houses in Barnsley, or suffering from fuel poverty will be helped thanks to a joint initiative between different council departments.

Vulnerable households will get help in getting a new boiler via a heavily subsidised scheme.

Children living in cold and damp homes are more than twice as likely to suffer from a variety of respiratory problems as those living in warm homes.

Older people fall prey every year to excess winter deaths in part caused by living in housing with inadequate levels of heating.

Under the new scheme some 8,000 properties across Barnsley, both owner-occupied and private rented, are eligible and are being sent letters notifying them of the scheme.

Once people register their interest an assessment will be carried out by one of three contractors – Keepmoat Regeneration, Scottish and Southern Electric and Willmott Dixon – who will then carry out the boiler replacement work.

Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesman, said: "This scheme will not only help to keep people warm and assist with the cost of bills, but it will also benefit the environment with newer, more efficient boilers."

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Reply Posted by 4Ft11andshrinking on Tuesday April 29 2014 at 17:44
I am eagerly waiting for my letter, fingers crossed.

Reply Posted by Tom on Thursday May 1 2014 at 04:05
Council tenants have to pay £3500 a year in rent for a bedsit, much more for larger properties.

Why should people in private accommodation, particularly landlords be directly subsidised, by having the ratepayer improve their housing and increase it's value?

The government already subsidises private housing massively, by artificially increasing prices and rents via planning permission, housing benefit, mortgage subsidies etc.

Any work carried out should be paid for upon the future sale of the property, or taken back in installments from landlords, surely?

Reply Posted by Hugh G Rection on Thursday May 1 2014 at 21:09
Council houses already have to meet decent homes standard and are in a much better state than the lower end of the Private rented sector, many of which have 'voiceless' tenants under landlords whoo simply won't carry out the works. Any help for this group should be welcomed rather than social tenants having all the perks while people in the PRS live in respective squaler but won't qualify for the social housing list. It shouldn't all be about the bottom end, help all in society - especially the lower middle who try and struggle while not qualifying for all the benefit only schemes and set standards of social housing.

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