Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been awarded £246,000 to help private sector residents live more comfortably in their homes.
The money from the National Grid Warm Homes Fund will be used to provide heating for residents with no heating or only partial heating. It will support the delivery of a new Council initiative that offers people help with a range of assistance to improve where they live.
Other help available from the council includes the Safe and Warm Homes grant scheme for help with damp proofing, boiler replacement or repairs, advice and assistance to help residents keep warm and safe, loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, new windows and doors, and measures to help prevent slips, trips and falls.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available for homeowners. Privately rented tenants can get up to £5,000 if their landlord agrees to match-fund the contribution.
To be eligible for a grant, residents need to meet certain criteria relating to their income and their health. Applications will be considered in date order, however priority will be given to applicants living in one of the current Selective Licensing areas.
There are also loans up to £30,000 for owner occupiers where there is no pay back until the property is sold, this offers help with kitchens, bathrooms, windows, doors, rewiring and many other types of repairs.
Councillor Randy Conteh, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “Poor living conditions can have a negative impact on people’s health as well as causing considerable hardship, and it’s important that tackling it remains one of the authority’s key priorities. I want to encourage as many people as possible to take advantage of this scheme.”
For more information or to apply for the scheme, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01782 232008.
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