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Scheme to help tackle fuel poverty approved

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12 October 2022

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A new scheme to help tackle fuel poverty in Powys has been approved by Cabinet, the county council has said.

ECO4 Flex will be relaunched by Powys County Council after the grant scheme was approved by Cabinet on Tuesday, 11 October.

The scheme will enable home energy improvements to be delivered to Powys residents in fuel poverty.

Delivery of the new and improved scheme will again be delivered on behalf of the council by Warm Wales, a community interest company specialising in delivery of programmes designed to address fuel poverty in Wales.

Warm Wales will provide a fully managed scheme, field enquiries, undertake assessment of client eligibility and work directly with energy providers and agents obligated to deliver measures under the scheme.

The adopted Statement of Intent, which was also approved by Cabinet, allows Powys households at risk of fuel poverty access to funding under the Energy Company Obligation if they meet the scheme's criteria.

Cllr Matthew Dorrance, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for a Fairer Powys, said: "I'm delighted that Cabinet has approved this scheme.

"ECO4 Flex is considered a key driver in assisting the council in their aim of reducing fuel poverty, whilst simultaneously contributing towards reducing carbon emissions from domestic homes, owned or occupied by those unable to pay for improvements themselves."