Keep your home warm this winter – support for tenants and homeowners from Eden District Council

Heating System Service and Repair Grant

In order to support local homeowners struggling with the cost of living, as well as increasing fuel and energy costs, Eden District Council has introduced a new Heating System Service and Repair Grant.

The fund provides financial assistance to homeowners who are unable to meet the cost of servicing, or maintaining their domestic oil, gas or electric heating systems. Applicants must be homeowners, over the age of 18 and either in receipt of a passported benefit or have a gross household income of less than £31,000, and savings less than £16,000.

The grant will provide up to £750 to cover the servicing or repairing (but not the replacement) of your existing heating system. The grant is being managed on a first-come, first-served basis and is available, subject to funding, until 31 March 2023.

For more information or to apply, visit www.eden.gov.uk/housing/housing-support-and-grants/heating-system-service-and-repair-grant-discretionary-grant/ or email better.homes@eden.gov.uk.

Ensuring good properties for renters in Eden

To support tenants and to ensure the quality of rented properties, areas in Cumbria have been awarded over £1.3 million funding for a pilot project to improve the private sector housing stock in the area.

Council areas in Eden, South Lakeland and Barrow – soon to become Westmorland and Furness Council – are developing a pilot project to improve private rented housing, through improved guidance, enforcement and the testing of new approaches to drive up property standards.

Approximately 55% of all Eden homes have no access to mains gas, and approximately 18% of homes in Eden are rented. It is hoped that the funding boost will improve the living quality for these tenants, combatting excess cold and its effects on the health and wellbeing of young and old.

The Council intends to use the initial 3 year programme of funding to provide help and support to both tenants and Landlords, and to use inspection and enforcement where necessary.

A Council spokesperson said, “Across Cumbria housing officers have a very good reputation for working together, achieving positive results and sharing knowledge. The project will run until the end of March 2025, and it is hoped that the findings and learning from it, will be useful to the other areas of the new Westmorland and Furness Unitary Council, and further afield.”

Cllr Judith Derbyshire, Housing and Health Portfolio Holder at Eden District Council, added, “I am delighted that the Council has been successful in obtaining the funding for this project to help improve tenants’ living conditions in our area.”

Up to £25,000 for energy efficiency measures in low-income Cumbrian households

Government funding of up to £25,000 is available for energy efficiency measures for low-income households in Eden, through the Sustainable Warmth Scheme.

Eden District Council is partnered with five other local authorities in Cumbria to deliver the Sustainable Warmth scheme. The scheme is led by Homelife at Carlisle City Council.

The grant scheme funds the installation of energy efficiency measures and low carbon heating into eligible properties. These improvements can make homes warmer and more comfortable, whilst helping to lower energy bills and carbon emissions.

The funding aims to retrofit a target of 1,310 properties across Cumbria, which are either owner-occupied or privately tenanted homes.

Eligible owner-occupied households can receive grant funding of between £10,000 to £25,000 depending upon the property and heating type. Owner-occupiers do not need to contribute any money themselves. Landlords of privately rented homes may also be eligible for funding of up to £5,000 subject to a contribution of a third of the cost of the measures.

Properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, F or G will be prioritised, with a small percentage of D rated properties also being considered. You can check if your property has an EPC at www.gov.uk/find-energy-certificate.

Eligible households must also have a combined household income of less than £30,000 a year or be in receipt of means tested benefit.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact homelife@carlisle.gov.uk or visit www.carlisle.gov.uk/Residents/Housing-and-Homeless/Sustainable-Warmth-Cumbria-Grants.

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