A landmark programme to tackle fuel poverty in Peterborough has been launched.
The strategic partnership, between British Gas and Peterborough City Council, is expected to help around 2,300 households access free energy efficiency improvements, in its first two years.
Known as Heataborough, the main focus of the campaign is to roll out a British Gas initiative called Affordable Warmth. This offers free cavity wall and loft insulation, as well as boiler repairs and replacements, to residents who own their own home, or rent privately, but are in receipt of benefits or the state pension. Residents can find out if they are eligible by filling out an on-line form at www.heataborough.co.uk; or alternatively they can call 0800 3164247.
Councillor Nigel North, Cabinet Member for Environment Capital and Neighbourhoods for Peterborough City Council, said: “We believe that all Peterborough residents should have access to safe, cleaner and affordable energy and this partnership with British Gas is set to benefit some of the city’s most vulnerable people.
“Not only will it help reduce energy bills it will also reduce the city’s carbon footprint and help make Peterborough a healthier and greener place to live.”
Dr Randall Bowen, Head of Strategic Relations, Public Sector and Healthcare, British Gas said: “As the UK’s leading energy supplier, British Gas is playing a leading role in supporting communities across the country.
“I am delighted to work with Peterborough City Council in launching its new Heataborough scheme. Through the initiative we will help Peterborough residents heat their homes more efficiently and ultimately save money on their energy bills.
“I look forward to seeing the positive impact the partnership with British Gas will have on residents and the local community over the next five years.”
Minister of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Gregory Barker, said of the scheme:
"The Coalition is committed to helping hardworking families keep their energy bills as low as possible, supporting those most in need to reduce fuel poverty, as well as cutting carbon emissions.
“It is great to see British Gas working with Peterborough's residents to improve buildings to reduce energy use. I wish Peterborough City Council every success with their exciting new launch."