Peterlee pensioners get free boiler under £200m energy scheme

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sam and Mavis Bate with Warm Up North's Jon Kershaw Sam and Mavis Bate with Warm Up North's Jon Kershaw

A FIRST-of-its-kind £200m scheme aimed at cutting energy bills and tackling fuel poverty has started making an impact, with a retired North-East couple among the first to benefit.

Under Warm Up North, announced last summer, eligible residents and businesses can get solid wall insulation, loft insulation and more, much part- or fully-funded by British Gas under its green obligations.

The deal, covering Darlington, County Durham, Redcar and Cleveland, Sunderland, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Newcastle and Northumberland, was the first such multi-area partnership in the country and could eventually benefit 50,000 households and businesses.

Sam and Mavis Bate, of Peterlee, east Durham, got a new combi boiler and radiator valves plus having their central heating system flushed through, all free of charge.

Mr Bate, 73, a former oil company contractor, said: “Without the help of Warm Up North I don’t know what we would have done, as we just wouldn’t have been able to afford to have had a new boiler fitted.

“The team was fantastic, they were very easy to deal with and the local contractors who completed the installation work have done a marvellous job.”

For more information on Warm Up North, call 0800-294-8073 or visit warmupnorth.com

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5:01pm Mon 6 Jan 14

stevegg says...

These green obligations are part of the reason our energy bills are sky high. I know several working people on low incomes who want and need new boilers but cant afford them as they WORK and dont qualify for any subsidies! It seems the key to getting anything in this country nowadays is stop working as those who dont work get handout after handout.
These green obligations are part of the reason our energy bills are sky high. I know several working people on low incomes who want and need new boilers but cant afford them as they WORK and dont qualify for any subsidies! It seems the key to getting anything in this country nowadays is stop working as those who dont work get handout after handout. stevegg

10:02pm Mon 6 Jan 14

smokin says...

totally agree with stevegg my son is a carer in a care home his wage is CRAPP but loves his job his boiler is knacked and he can't afford to replace it and it takes him all his time to make ends meet
totally agree with stevegg my son is a carer in a care home his wage is CRAPP but loves his job his boiler is knacked and he can't afford to replace it and it takes him all his time to make ends meet smokin

9:38am Tue 7 Jan 14

LesleyTS says...

I agree that low-income workers are always the ones to miss out and this is a huge concern. This needs to be addressed by Government so the obligations better support low-income families. However, the man mentioned in the article did work and is now a 73 yr old pensioner. Without these obligations the most vulnerable householders such as pensioners, who now rely on a low fixed income, and people with disabilities or long-term health conditions would not get anything. I for one am happy to contribute to ensure they are not left in the cold and endure the misery that it brings.
I agree that low-income workers are always the ones to miss out and this is a huge concern. This needs to be addressed by Government so the obligations better support low-income families. However, the man mentioned in the article did work and is now a 73 yr old pensioner. Without these obligations the most vulnerable householders such as pensioners, who now rely on a low fixed income, and people with disabilities or long-term health conditions would not get anything. I for one am happy to contribute to ensure they are not left in the cold and endure the misery that it brings. LesleyTS

6:34pm Tue 14 Jan 14

settheworldonfire says...

LesleyTS wrote:
I agree that low-income workers are always the ones to miss out and this is a huge concern. This needs to be addressed by Government so the obligations better support low-income families. However, the man mentioned in the article did work and is now a 73 yr old pensioner. Without these obligations the most vulnerable householders such as pensioners, who now rely on a low fixed income, and people with disabilities or long-term health conditions would not get anything. I for one am happy to contribute to ensure they are not left in the cold and endure the misery that it brings.
If your on the dole you get them as well...it sucks...why do we all go on the dole...stop working....
[quote][p][bold]LesleyTS[/bold] wrote: I agree that low-income workers are always the ones to miss out and this is a huge concern. This needs to be addressed by Government so the obligations better support low-income families. However, the man mentioned in the article did work and is now a 73 yr old pensioner. Without these obligations the most vulnerable householders such as pensioners, who now rely on a low fixed income, and people with disabilities or long-term health conditions would not get anything. I for one am happy to contribute to ensure they are not left in the cold and endure the misery that it brings.[/p][/quote]If your on the dole you get them as well...it sucks...why do we all go on the dole...stop working.... settheworldonfire

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