A city council has secured grant funding to tackle fuel poverty by fitting gas central heating to 500 of Liverpool’s coldest homes, but there’s a long way to go before the issue is resolved.
There are around 30,000 households in the city living in fuel poverty, according to Liverpool City Council, and almost 10,000 of these lack gas central heating.
Now the council has been awarded a grant of £1.27 million from the Warm Homes Fund for first time gas central heating. This is being match funded by Warmer Energy Services, which will be responsible for installation of the systems into homes that are eligible.
The council said its Healthy Homes team, which works to improve energy efficiency and insulation of homes for the most vulnerable, will identify and target properties in the poorest areas over the next two years.
“We know there are huge numbers of people in this city who are on a low income and struggle to pay their fuel bills, and as a result can become poorly, and in worst case scenarios can lose their lives,” said Councillor Lynnie Hinnigan, deputy mayor and cabinet member for housing.
“We know that in 2016/17, winter deaths were 16% higher than expected overall, and almost 27% higher for people aged over 85, which is simply not acceptable in this day and age.
“This funding will enable us to help hundreds of households heat their homes properly and efficiently, making a massive difference to their health and reducing their energy costs.”