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Marina warms to her new boiler


Council scheme for owner occupier residents on benefits for new boilers, heating controls and insulation to heat their homes during winter

Mrs Marina Martin warmed to the occasion as she received the Cabinet Member for Strategic Development and Waste Cllr Rachel Blake this week.

As winter weather continued, Mrs  Martin of Warner Place,  Nelson Gardens – was marking the receipt of her free new boiler – that she has had fitted under the council’s Boiler replacement Programme.

The Council is now accepting applications for the scheme which allows replacement of old inefficient gas boilers and broken radiators as well as upgrading heating controls. In addition to any boiler replacements, residents may also be eligible for help with draught proofing and insulation.

Mrs Martin of Warner Place said: “I’m delighted with my new boiler that was fitted under the council’s boiler replacement scheme.” It’s been a very cold winter and my last boiler needed replacing – it’s been a real help to get the new one so efficiently.”

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:  “In the week of fuel poverty awareness day it’s important we do what we can to support people to stay warm this winter. The Council’s boiler replacement scheme and support for insulation can really help so residents should find out if they qualify.”

Cllr Rachel Blake Cabinet Member for Strategic Development and Waste said:

“We are determined to support our residents by tackling fuel poverty. This means investing £200,000 from our Carbon Fund into a new pilot programme to install efficient boilers across the borough. In return this allows residents to save up to a third on their gas bill.

I encourage residents to take advantage of this programme. We are using funding to reduce carbon emissions whilst improving lives by making homes in the Borough more energy efficient.

To be eligible for the scheme your property must be leasehold or freehold and you qualify as follows:

The home owner must live in the property and be in receipt of at least one of the below benefits. If the home owner is not in receipt of any of the qualifying benefits, a family member who also lives in the property can qualify if they are on one of the below benefits.

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Pension Credit
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Universal Credit

There must be an existing non-condensing gas boiler. Residents can check the make and model on the Home Heating Guide website under the efficiency ratings section to verify this.

The existing boiler will be replaced with an ‘A’ rated Vaillant condensing boiler with upgraded heating controls. In addition to this, the council will also insulate and draught proof the home where possible.

The council carries out a Land Registry check to verify the property ownership and residents need to provide proof of benefits. All work is subject to a technical survey.