New £7.4m project helps keep Portsmouth's poorest warm

SOME of Portsmouth's poorest residents will be given help to keep warm this winter thanks to a new £7.4m scheme.

Thursday, 2nd August 2018, 11:03 am
Updated Sunday, 2nd September 2018, 2:52 am
Darren Sanders

A consortium of nine local authorities, led by Portsmouth City Council, has teamed up to deliver a new heating scheme for vulnerable households.

The authority, and its partner AgilityEco, has been successful in attracting £7.4m in funding from various grants to pay the project.

It's hoped the scheme will deliver 1,500 free central heating installations over three years, with the first being installed this month.

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Portsmouth's housing boss, Councillor Darren Sanders said: '˜This funding is excellent news for the residents of Portsmouth and will ensure that many of the most vulnerable in our city don't have to suffer when winter arrives.

'˜Fuel poverty is a growing problem in our city. This funding means we can take proactive action to help those who need it the most, I couldn't be prouder that Portsmouth is leading the consortium on this project.'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'

Those eligible for support include people on low income, means-tested benefits and those with long-term health issues.

For details, see warmerhomes.org.uk, call  0800 038 5737 or email [email protected]