ELDERLY or disabled residents in South Ribble are being invited to apply for ‘Winter Warm Scheme’ funding that would grant them free UPVC double glazing.
Eligible homeowners can receive upgrades to a maximum of two single-glazed windows, plus their timber front door and timber back door – with the new double glazing ensuring better insulation and warmth during the cold winter months.
To qualify for the scheme, the applicant must either be aged over 65 with a pre-existing medical condition, or the applicant (or someone else at the property) must be disabled. The property’s existing windows and doors must also be single-glazed at the time of applying.
The funding is capped – once it’s gone, it’s gone, so applicants are being encouraged to contact the council as soon as possible to benefit from this great opportunity for free winter warmth support.
Peter McHugh, Assistant Director for Property & Housing at South Ribble Borough Council, said: “The council is delighted to be offering its Winter Warm Scheme once again.
“Keeping our residents warm during the harsh winter months is without doubt one of our department’s biggest priorities, so I would urge people to ring us today on 01772 421 491 to apply for two free double-glazed windows and a new front and back door.
“We will be helping some of the most vulnerable people in the borough – the terminally ill, those with respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, the disabled – so this scheme is vitally important, and I hope all of the funding gets snapped up soon.”
Residents who have already benefitted from the scheme in the past cannot be considered a second time.
Eligibility criteria – ‘Pre-existing medical conditions’
The following residents over 65 can be considered:
- people with a diagnosed cardiovascular condition.
- people with a diagnosed respiratory condition (in particular, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
- people with diagnosed mental health conditions.
- people with diagnosed disabilities.
- people who are terminally ill.
- people with suppressed immune systems (e.g. from cancer treatment or HIV).
- people who have mobility issues and have attended hospital due to a fall.
Also considered: applicants from a household containing one disabled resident or more
Key terms and conditions
- Replacement windows and doors will be in white UPVC and the scheme will cover a maximum of 2 windows, front and back doors.
- The scheme can be withdrawn at any time once the funding has been allocated, funding will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
- Residents who have benefitted from the scheme previously will not qualify.