Delyn MP David Hanson and Sandy Mewies AM have welcomed the work of the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme in Delyn in helping to combat fuel poverty for over two thousand housholds.
HEES, which combats fuel poverty by installing heating and insulation measures into the homes of vulnerable people, has now been running for over six years and has so far assisted 2,051 households in Delyn – a total spend of £2,323,702.70 in the area.
David Hanson said:
“In the summer months, people don’t often think of their heating and insulation. But now is exactly the right time to apply to HEES, before the winter months arrive”.
Sandy Mewies said:
“With the increase in fuel costs it is even more important that people take the steps to properly insulate their homes. HEES can help many vulnerable people to save money through insulation and benefit through new or repaired heating.”
Also offered to clients applying for the HEES scheme is the opportunity to undergo a check to see if they are in receipt of all the benefits to which they are entitled. Benefit Entitlement Checks (BEC) have been operating as part of HEES since June 2003, with the average weekly increase per client in Delyn being found as £24.07.
The scheme manager, eaga plc, has also reported 771 households in Delyn have benefited from new or repaired heating, and 1,365 households will make savings from having had their home insulated. Recent changes to the scheme, approved by the Welsh Assembly, have seen the maximum grants available on HEES and HEES Plus rise to £2000 and £3600 respectively.
In terms of vulnerable groups of people who have been helped by HEES grants, eaga has reported that 127 households with children under the age of four, 697 households on DLA, and 1,437 households over the age of 60 in Delyn have benefited from improvements to their homes.
To qualify, householders need to own their own home or rent from a private landlord, and they also need to be in receipt of an income or disability related benefit. Local residents can contact the HEES team on 0800 316 3095 to apply for a grant.
Notes to the Editor
1. There are two levels of Home Energy Efficiency Scheme grant – HEES Wales and HEES Wales Plus.
2. The HEES Wales grant provides a grant of up to £2,000 to householders who either have a child under 16 years of age or are pregnant and have been given maternity certificate MAT B1, and are also receiving one or more of the following benefits: Income Support, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Working Tax Credit (with relevant household income under £15,050), Child Tax Credit (with relevant household income under £15,050) or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance. The grant will provide a package of heating and insulation measures tailored to each property.
3. HEES Wales Plus provides a grant of up to £3,600 for householders who are 60 years of age or over, a lone parent family, or those that are sick or disabled.
a. Householders who are 60 years of age or over or householders who are a lone parent family with a child under 16 years of age in the property are eligible if they receive one or more of the following benefits: Income Support, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, State Pension Credit or Income based Job Seekers Allowance.
b. Householders who are disabled or chronically sick and in receipt of one or more of the following benefits: Income Support with a Disability Element, Housing Benefit with a Disability Element, Council Tax Benefit with a Disability Element, Working Tax Credit (with relevant household income under £15,050 and including a disability element), Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit with a Constant Attendance Allowance, or War Disablement Pension with a Mobility Supplement or Constant Attendance Allowance.
c. Householders with a child under 16 years of age in the property with the child receiving Disability Living Allowance are also eligible. The grant will provide the measures offered under the HEES Wales grant and it may also offer gas or electric central heating systems.
4. eaga plc operates in Wales from its offices in Cardiff and also has offices throughout the UK, India and Canada.
5. Since eaga founded the independent Eaga Partnership Charitable Trust in 1993 we have invested over £3 million to finance over 50 action and research projects into the causes of fuel poverty, poor housing and their impacts on health.
6. Through our work as scheme manager for Warm Front on behalf of Defra, Warm Homes in Northern Ireland and the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme in Wales, Newcastle based eaga plc has now made over 5 million vulnerable households warmer and healthier throughout the UK.
Anyone wishing to apply for a grant should ring freephone 0800 316 3095