Did you know that funding is available to help local residents who are at-risk during the cold weather? Take a look at our list below to find out more:
Winter Fuel Payments
If you were born on or before 5 November 1953 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills.
You may be eligible, but if you do not get paid the winter fuel payment automatically, you will need to make a claim.
The deadline for claiming payments for winter 2018-19 is 31 March 2019.
Most payments are made automatically between November and December. You should get your money by 14 January 2019.
More information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment
Healthier Homes project
The Healthier Homes project has been set up to help residents living in homes that are cold, damp or dangerous and whose health may be put at risk.
This includes people:
- living in a home that they cannot heat properly because it does not have adequate heating or insulation or the cost of heating is too high
- living in a home with serious damp and problems
- living in a home where conditions may pose a serious risk to their health and safety, for instance dangerous electrical installations, broken steps or banisters
- living in conditions that may affect existing chronic health conditions such as asthma
Call the Healthier Homes team on 0808 202 6204. They provide an an advice and referral service that is open to any resident, but additional services such as grants and environmental health enforcement are dependent on your individual circumstances.
The Warmer Homes Fund
This is a scheme run by the Mayor of London and open to London homeowners who are on benefits or meet their council’s eligibility criteria.
The scheme offers a range of free improvements to make your home more comfortable and reduce your energy bills.A home survey will be undertaken by Retrofitworks to assess the most suitable improvements to make your home warm and comfortable and reduce your energy bills.
You can get further information and apply on the Warmer Homes page of the London.gov website.
If you cannot apply online then call Healthier Homes on 0808 202 6204 for help in making the application.
Green Doctor visits
The Green Doctors Home Energy scheme, delivered by the environmental charity Groundwork London in partnership with the Council, is a free service, giving health and financial advice to some of Kensington and Chelsea's most vulnerable households – particularly young families and elderly residents and those with multiple health conditions.
The visits provide guidance on efficient energy usage in the home, understanding heating systems and installation of small energy measures. These early interventions can reduce the effects of cold homes on people’s health and enable local residents to feel more connected to the community.
Referrals are made directly to Groundwork London, which is delivering the home energy visits on behalf of the Council. If you would like a free visit or would like to refer someone else, you can complete Groundwork’s Home Energy Visit Form or call 0300 365 5003.
Energy Efficiency Grants
There are a range of grants available to help you install an efficient heating system and insulation in your home. Please contact the Environmental Healthline on 020 7361 3002 or Healthy Homes on 0808 202 6204 to see if you are eligible.