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Ribble Valley is to move into the Tier 3 coronavirus alert level from Wednesday 2 December. Further details: gov.uk. Help and advice: Ribble Valley Community Hub (01200 414597).

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Energy Efficiency Advice

In his mini-Budget, the Chancellor confirmed a £2billion Green Homes Grant Scheme that will mean homeowners and landlords can obtain grants for insulation and other energy efficiency measures.
For further information please see Cosy Homes in Lancashire at https://www.chil.uk.com/green-homes-grant-scheme
This information will be updated as further details are released.
If you wish to be informed once more details are available, please register your interest by email to EnergyEfficiency@ribblevalley.gov.uk

Advice available

Help and advice is available on:

  • Heating
  • Insulation
  • Fighting fuel poverty

Ribble Valley along with all other local authorities in Lancashire work together as Cosy Homes in Lancashire – CHiL  - to make homes warmer and healthier.  For more information see https://www.facebook.com/Cosy-Homes-In-Lancashire-105978150995951/

Energy Grants

A number of grants are available to owners, private tenants and private landlords.

Grants are available to residents of Ribble Valley. To qualify the home owner / occupier needs to fulfill at least 2 of the following criteria*:

  • In receipt of certain benefits
  • Have diagnosed chronic health condition
  • Have children under school age
  • Are over 65 years of age
  • Low income

All grants are subject to criteria /funding changes, and may not fully cover the cost of the intervention.

Boiler repairs, service and replacement

We offer support for those in need of a new boiler, boiler or central heating service and repairs, or those who need first time central heating (including connection to gas where there is a local supply), subject to the above criteria*.

If you require further information about this service, contact the housing officer on 01200 425111, or CHiL direct through the website at https://www.chil.uk.com/ or call 03306 061 488 (calls charged at local rate)

For further information about our partner organisation CHiL and other  Lancashire local authorities involved in this initiative please see the Statement of Intent below:

Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) Statement of Intent for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Flexible Eligibility.

Other support to keep you warm

Oil filled radiator loan

If you are without any heating you can request the loan of an oil filled radiator by contacting the housing team on 01200 425111.

Reduce your energy tariff

We can offer help and advice with your energy tariff and provider to ensure that you are with the best and most economical supplier for your circumstances and needs. We can help you switch your energy supplier to save on your fuel bills.

Additional measures that will assist in saving energy and money can be accessed directly from us include:

  • Draught proofing measures
  • Radiator reflectors
  • advice on standard loft and cavity insulation

Hyndburn Homewise

We work very closely with Hyndburn Homewise who are our designated Home Improvement Agency in the Ribble Valley.

They offer many services including:

  • Home Repairs Support Service
  • Recommended Tradesperson list
  • Homesafe Service
  • Handy Person Service
  • Joinery Service
  • Technical Support Service

For further information please contact Homewise direct on 01254 232249 or visit www.homewiseonline.org

Government financial help to keep you warm

You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free help to pay your heating bills if you were born on or before 5 October 1954. This known as a Winter Fuel Payment https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment

You could get a £140 discount on your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme . This scheme is likely to end so we advise you apply now!

For more information on help available to keep your home warm please see the Heating & Housing Benefits page at   https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/heating

Keeping your house warm through the night

  • Try to keep the temperature above 18°C in your bedroom overnight
  • Open a window a little at night for ventilation if you use a fire or heater in your bedroom
  • Never use a hot water bottle and electric blanket together
  • Check what type of electric blanket you have - some are designed only to warm the bed before you get in and should not be used throughout the night
  • Make sure your electric blanket is safe to use by getting it tested by the Fire Brigade, Trading Standards or Age UK every three years

For more information go to  https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/staying-warm-winter

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