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£2.3m heating scheme announced

A scheme to improve central heating in Cornwall and the Scilly Isles has announced it now has £2.3m in funding.

An additional £1.3m from the government has been added to the £1m already pledged from a partnership consisting of energy suppliers, housing associations, a local council and others.

The government funding comes from the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Central Heating Fund, according to the Cornish Guardian.

Following the announcement, it was further explained that the £2.3m will be used to install or upgrade central heating in hundreds of homes in a bid to tackle fuel poverty.

It was stated that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are one of the UK’s top three areas for homes without central heating.

Both areas also exceed the average for fuel poverty and 376 homes have been identified as requiring aid within the work carried out by the Winter Wellness project.

The scheme is intended for households with no access to main gas and properties in rural locations or on the edge of a town.

Members of the partnership, led by Cornwall Council’s Public Health service, include the Council of the Isles of Scilly, Community Energy Plus, Cornwall Housing, Devon and Cornwall Housing Group, Coastline Housing, Guinness Trust, Inclusion Cornwall and SSE.

Cornwall Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board chair Jeremy Rowe said: “It is great to see that Cornwall Council and its partners, who have been working over the past four winters to help reduce the risks to vulnerable people of a cold home, have been successful in bidding for funding to specifically help provide central heating.

“This additional funding will help the existing partnership support the installation of central heating systems in fuel poor households who do not or are unable to use mains gas.”