Chichester Warm Homes scheme will continue helping vulnerable residents this winter

Low income households across Chichester District who are worried about how to heat their home, either because they have inefficient central heating or none at all, can now receive help.

Chichester District Council’s Warm Homes Initiative can provide financial assistance for an energy efficient heating system for the whole house and thermal insulation. The resident doesn’t need to pay anything up front, the cost is repaid when the house gets sold, whenever that may be.

“We really want to encourage residents whose boiler has broken down or who have no central heating at all to come forward and take advantage of this offer,” says Councillor Jane Kilby, Cabinet Member for Housing at Chichester District Council. “Winter can be a challenging time for residents in our district who are on lower incomes. When your boiler breaks down this can become a full-blown crisis and for people in cold homes, a boiler breakdown can be a real problem as it typically costs £2,000 to replace. Living in a cold home without hot water can have a severe effect on your health and wellbeing.”

Chichester District has double the national average for the number of homes experiencing excess cold. To tackle this, the council decided to invest more than £300,000 in as part of the Chichester Warm Homes Initiative.

For more information and to apply, residents should contact the Chichester Wellbeing Team on 01243 521041 and ask to speak to their energy advisors, Jo Williamson or Emma Pagett.