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A warmer and wealthier North Tyneside

A successful heating partnership worth millions of pounds has reached a major milestone by helping its one thousandth North Tyneside resident.

North Tyneside Council’s partnership with Warm Zone is keeping residents warmer and wealthier.

Over the last three years, Warm Zone has helped North Tyneside households to reduce their fuel bills by installing over a thousand energy efficiency measures such as central heating systems, cavity wall and loft insulation and bigger projects such as external wall insulation.

And the partnership has also supported residents to apply for more than £1m in additional benefits, such as pension credits or attendance allowance, which they were previously missing out on. This builds on the good work the partnership has been doing in North Tyneside since 2008, helping over 16,000 homes to reduce energy consumption and bills.

Welcoming the news, Cllr John Stirling, cabinet member for Environment, said: “Our partnership with Warm Zone is one of the very successful ways we tackle fuel poverty and help to reduce the borough’s impact on the environment.

“I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to help so many people and the value of work, energy savings and additional benefits secured has reached £3million, over the past three years, which is a fantastic achievement.”

The one thousandth resident to benefit from the partnership is Mrs Margaret Donoghue of Green Lane, Dudley who  has had a combi boiler fitted for free to replace her old failing central heating system.

Mrs Donoghue, who suffers from some mobility problems said: “This work has been like a miracle to me and I’m very happy that I have been helped in this way. The contractors were very professional and very tidy and left no mess at all.”

Warm Zone, a not-for-profit company, secures national funding to enable full or partial grants to be awarded to residents for the installation of central heating, cavity wall and loft insulation or improvements, and solid wall insulation.  It has been working in the North East for over 12 years and only uses trusted, local installers, who carry identification cards.

To find out if you’re eligible, call Warm Zone on 0800 0199 969, email enquiries@warmzones.org.uk or text ‘warm’ to 80800.

Notes to editors:

Warm Zones was set up in 2000 with Government support to develop new approaches to fuel poverty – a term used to describe households whose income is below the poverty line, taking into account their energy costs, and their energy costs are higher than is typical for their household type.

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