New grant to keep Bognor homes warmer

HUNDREDS of homes across Bognor Regis will be warmer this winter.

A £617,800 grant to tackle fuel poverty and reduce cold housing has been given by the Department of Health to Arun District Council and other councils around West Sussex.

The money will fund the Warmer West Sussex programme, which will see about 550 households across the district offered free visits from qualified energy assessors, managed by Climate Energy.

They’ll be able to offer advice on getting the best energy deals, using heating controls effectively, keeping warm and saving energy inside the home.

West Sussex fuel poverty co-ordinator Michelle Cheeseman said: ‘There are a large number of people struggling to keep their homes warm and protect their families from the ill effects of the cold this winter.

“I am delighted West Sussex has been successful with the bid. We will work with local partners to ensure the programme reaches those most in need.”

Up to £50 of free energy-saving kit is also set to be handed out. This includes draught-proofing equipment, hot water tank jackets and energy monitors.

The funding will also be used to increase the capacity of organisations such as the CAB and British Red Cross to help reduce fuel poverty.

Details of how to book a visit will be in letters to eligible households soon.