Could you be eligible for a free central heating system?

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Wigan Borough residents who don’t have a central heating system in their home are being offered an opportunity to get one for free in time for winter.

The limited offer is part of Greater Manchester Warm Homes Fund which will install fully funded ‘first-time’ central heating systems in 500 homes across the region on a first come first served basis.

The £1.8 million funding for the scheme has been secured by GMCA and the local authorities from the nationwide Warm Homes Fund, which was established by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions.

It aims to provide a helping hand to households that do not currently have a central heating system and who, during the colder months, are struggling to stay warm. It is open to owner occupiers and to private tenants, with their landlord’s permission, who meet the eligibility criteria.

AWARM Plus is a local scheme that helps home owners and private tenants stay warm, safe, and healthy.

You may be eligible for support through AWARM Plus if you have:

  • A low income
  • High fuel bills
  • A long term health condition

Professor Kate Ardern, director for public health at Wigan Council said: “Living in a cold home carries a number of health risks including flu and more serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke and also depression.

“I would urge anyone who is struggling to stay warm to check if you are eligible for the scheme before you miss out.”

The first step in the process for Wigan Borough households is to get in touch with AWARM Plus on 01942 239360 to check their eligibility. You can also visit www.wigan.gov.uk/warmhomes for more information.

The scheme is set to run throughout 2018-19 but will close to new applications once all the funds have been allocated.