Funding help for households struggling to pay fuel bills

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Households in Hampshire struggling to pay their fuel bills are set to benefit from more than £300,000 of government cash to help consumers install central heating systems.

The money has been made available by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as part of the Central Heating Fund (CHF) to help fuel homes that have no central heating system installed to reduce their energy bills.

According to DECC, the initiative could help save up to £1,000 a year in households across the county.

Many households with no central heating are often off the gas grid and use expensive electric heating.

However, making use of the CHF could enable these homes to switch to oil which has dropped in price over recent months and remains the cheapest form of home heating available.

The announcement has been welcomed by OFTEC, the UK trade body for oil heating, which has been lobbying the government to take action to help the high number of households living in fuel poverty.

Malcolm Farrow, from OFTEC, said: ‘This new funding is welcome relief for those homes in Hampshire who are living without a central heating system – a basic necessity which most of us are lucky enough to take for granted.

‘Through the scheme, homeowners will be able to keep their houses warmer and significantly reduce their annual heating bills.’