Councils signs up to help households out of fuel poverty

Warwick District Council’s chief executive Chris Elliott signs up to Eco Flex with the council's portfolio holder for health and community protection, Cllr Andrew Thompson, right, and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s private sector housing manager, Rob Watson, left. (Submitted photo)

A SCHEME that aims to help more households on a low income out of fuel poverty has been backed by Stratford District Council and Warwick District Council.

It has signed up to ECO Flex, which is being run in partnership with Act on Energy, an energy conservation charity who provides free advice to householders in Warwickshire, from fuel switching to installing heating and insulation measures.

Since signing up to the scheme several applications have already been made for low income households in the district, and has resulted in four homes receiving new energy efficient boilers and a loft insulation.

Cllr Andrew Thompson, Warwick District Council’s portfolio holder for health and community protection, said: “Although ECO (Energy Company Obligation) funding is already available to households on means tested benefits, signing up to the ‘flex’ element will enable us to provide financial assistance to other vulnerable residents not necessarily on benefits such as those on a low income, with a disability or health condition or on a pre-payment meter.”