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19 February 2016, 11:51
It may seem too good to be true, but Cornwall Council is offering some households brand new central heating.
Cornwall Council secured government funding of £1.3m to be spent installing brand new central heating in homes that need it.
In a league table of poor housing conditions in English counties, of those with really bad cold and damp, the islands come top and Cornwall's at number three. In an average winter over 20,000 extra people die in England compared to the summer months, particularly the elderly.
The Central Heating Fund has money for up to 100 homes, but the offer is only valid until 29th February 2016.
Home owners, landlords and private tenants need to get in touch, to find out if they meet the criteria. Recipients must be in properties with an energy rating of band G and must be in danger of fuel poverty. The property mustn't currently be using mains gas for heating, and this must be the first time that central heating has been fitted.
Jeremy Rowe Chair of Cornwall Council's Health and Wellbeing Board said: "Fuel poverty has long been a hidden problem in rural communities. This initiative is a bold step towards addressing this".
To find out more on the scheme and how it works Call 01872 355008 at Inclusion Cornwall or go online to www.cornwall.gov.uk/heatingfund for full eligibility criteria.