Homeowners can apply now for free gas heating appliance servicing, repair or replacement.Owner occupiers in West Lancashire are being offered another opportunity to have their gas heating appliances serviced free of charge to help keep them warm and save money on their gas bills this winter. West Lancashire Borough Council has received funding from Lancashire County Council’s Public Health Team to offer the West Lancs Winter Warm Scheme for a fourth year.Under the scheme, gas heating appliances including gas fires and boilers can be serviced and repairs can be carried out if needed. The servicing of oil boilers will also be considered. If your boiler is old and needs replacement you should contact a separate scheme called ‘Cosy Homes in Lancashire’ on 0330 606 1488. The winter warm scheme is available to qualifying owner occupiers who are in receipt of certain benefits, who do not have a plan in place that provides servicing and repair. Priority will be given to vulnerable households who are on low incomes and have health conditions which may become worse during the winter period.Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for Health, said: “This scheme really could help people feel warmer in their homes and I would urge owner occupiers to check if they are eligible to apply.”Tenants cannot apply to the scheme as it is the landlords’ responsibility to maintain or replace any heating appliances including gas boilers.The scheme will run until 31 March 2016 but funding is limited so residents are encouraged to apply early.For more information please visit West Lancs Winter Warm Scheme.To find out if you are eligible and apply to the West Lancs Winter Warm Scheme, please contact the Private Sector Housing Team on 01695 585279 quoting the West Lancs Winter Warm Scheme.
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