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THE Warm Home Scheme is available to make you more comfortable next winter.

What is the Warm Homes Scheme? The Scheme was launched last year and many people across CountyDown have already taken up on the offer. It provides free loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, hot water tank jacket and energy advice. Loft top-ups are also available for houses that have not been insulated in the past ten years. The Scheme also provides a benefit entitlement check to all applicants to ensure that you are receiving all the benefits that you are entitled to.

Bryson Energy Referral Manager Louise Magee pictured with South Down MP Margaret Ritchie at the SDLP constituency office in Saul Street in Downpatrick help launch the Warm Home Scheme last year.

Bryson Energy Referral Manager Louise Magee pictured with South Down MP Margaret Ritchie at the SDLP constituency office in Saul Street in Downpatrick help launch the Warm Home Scheme last year.

A new oil or gas central heating system may also available for those in receipt of certain benefits and who have Economy 7, LPG, Solid Fuel or no heating system at all.

Who can apply?

If you own or privately rent your home and receive one of a range of benefits you could be eligible for this free help.

What are the qualifying benefits?

The qualifying benefits for a package of insulation measures or a new central heating system for your home include: Income Support, Income Related Employment & Support Allowance, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit, or Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit (Relevant income less that £15,910, Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance.

If you only receive any of the last three benefits you may still be entitled to insulation measures, making your home warmer, healthier and more energy efficient.

Down District Councillor Eamonn Mac Con Midhe with Bryson Energy representative Chris Glass calling of Downpatrick householders who may be on benefits or entitled to them to avail of the Warm Homes Scheme.

Down District Councillor Eamonn Mac Con Midhe with Bryson Energy representative Chris Glass calling of Downpatrick householders who may be on benefits or entitled to them to avail of the Warm Homes Scheme.

How much will I have to pay?

This is a fully funded scheme and customers who are eligible will not have to pay anything.

How do I apply?

Freephone the Warm Homes team on 0800 988 0559 or visit www.warm-homes.com

How long does it take?

The whole process from survey of your home to installation can be done in 12 weeks. Applying now means you will have a warm home this winter!

Who carries out the work?

The Warm Homes scheme is delivered on behalf of the Department for Social Development by Bryson Charitable Group and H & A Mechanical Services. We are a professional team with a lot of experience. Last year we helped over 10,000 households.

Feedback from customers has been very positive with comments such as: “I have already told my friends and family about the scheme. For the minimum upheaval you can get maximum return in terms of improved energy efficiency for your home and comfort levels; The process is very straight forward.  The workmanship was first class and I would encourage anyone who thinks they might be eligible to call the freephone number.