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£1.5 million to support residents to warm their homes

Up to £1.5 million is available for people across Leeds City Region - including Craven - who need help to heat their homes or make their property more energy efficient this winter.

Fully funded central heating systems and insulation measures such as lofts, cavities and attic rooms are available to help people save money and provide warmer, healthier homes to live in. A free gas connection may also be available to homes that are not currently connected to the gas network.

For households looking to become more efficient with their energy usage, free expert energy advice is also available to help people use less, waste less and pay less for their energy

Councillor Richard Foster, leader of Craven District Council, said: "I would urge any homeowners, private tenants or landlords living in Craven who are experiencing problems heating their homes to contact Better Homes Yorkshire now.

"This is a great opportunity to help households improve their health and wellbeing and save on their fuel bills."

To date over 1,500 homes have benefited from the support available, delivered by Better Homes Yorkshire in partnership with Keepmoat and Willmott Dixon, with £4.7m of activity delivered through a Leeds City Region supply chain, safeguarding around 200 jobs.

Paul Hamer, Chair of the LEP's Green Economy Panel said: "We have recently been recognised as one of the leading regions in the country on the low carbon agenda and the Better Homes programme is enabling our residents to become more efficient with their energy use and, in turn, take us a step closer to alleviating fuel poverty.

"The benefits of these measures are being felt by both the households improving their energy efficiency and also the local supply chain. We encourage people to find out how they could be supported whilst the funding is still available and ensure we continue to make the Leeds City Region an efficient and resource smart place to live and work."

Better Homes Yorkshire is open to homeowners, private tenants and landlords in the Leeds City Region in partnership with the councils of Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale, Barnsley, York, Craven, Harrogate and Selby. To be eligible for the funded support, households must be low income or in receipt of benefits to qualify.

People living in Leeds City Region who are having problems heating their home should contact Better Homes Yorkshire by calling 0800 597 1500 (Free from UK Landline) or 0113 897 0977 (Local and mobile call charges apply). For further information please visit www.betterhomesyorkshire.co.uk .

Funding is limited and interested people need to register before the end of March 2016 with work being completed before the end of August 2016.