WEARSIDE community groups could benefit financially for referring people to a new boiler scheme.
National Energy Action (NEA) and British Gas have teamed up with Warm Up North to launch a Community Action Partnership in the region, as part of a £1.2million British Gas community investment programme.
Selected charities and community groups will initially be able to refer people to Warm Up North to find out if they are eligible for heavily-subsidised gas boilers and other energy efficiency measures, such as loft and cavity-wall insulation.
For every successful gas boiler installed, the charity or group will receive a £50 award from British Gas to reinvest in their community projects.
Age UK is one of the first confirmed organisations and the partnership is looking to invite other organisations, who help harder-to-reach households and communities, to express an interest in applying to be part of the scheme.
Maria Wardrobe, director of external affairs for NEA, said: “With temperatures still low in the North East, the need for an efficient heating system has never been greater. Community organisations are really well- placed to identify those who can benefit most, helping them to live in warmer, more energy-efficient homes.”
Warm Up North aims to tackle fuel poverty and is made up of nine North East authorities, including Durham and Sunderland.
For more information, call freephone 0800 294 8073 or visit www.warmupnorth.com.