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Affordable Warmth Grant brings warmth and new lease of life to Ashfield resident

Monday 7 January

 

A Kirkby resident has seen her life transformed thanks to an affordable warmth grant awarded by Ashfield District Council.

The Council’s Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) team are providing support to help residents keep warm this winter. The scheme provides advice and guidance, as well officer visits to assess how we can help residents stay warm and healthy in their homes.

Recently an affordable warmth grant was awarded to Mrs Divine of David Street, Kirkby in Ashfield.  Living with an old back boiler heating system with no heating at all in the downstairs area, Mrs Divine was using a plug in electric heater to keep the living room warm where she spends most of her time.  This resulted in the other rooms downstairs, including the bathroom and kitchen being extremely cold. Going from a warm room to a cold room so quickly can cause health problems, by installing gas central heating to the property we were able to keep a consistent temperature throughout the whole of the property keeping Mrs Divine warm and healthy.

Mrs Divine was in receipt of a particular benefit, meaning the DFG team were able to apply for an exemption and she therefore did not have to pay anything towards the works.

The team liaised with Cadent to put a gas connection to the property and EON to organise for a meter to be installed, and ensured Mrs Divine was switched to duel fuel billing. It took approximately 7 days for the works to be complete and Mrs Divine could feel the benefits straight away.

Mrs Divine said “The contractors were very polite and always made sure I was warm whilst the doors were open. They didn’t leave any mess and always kept the house tidy. I’m very happy with the outcome and can feel the difference. I can do a lot more around the house now!”

Councillor John Willmott said “Introducing the affordable warmth grant has allowed Ashfield District Council to work with contractors to provide the warmth and support owner occupied residents need. We will continue to provide support, guidance and work with contractors to provide the best service.”