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Jan
20

UK wide funding scheme launches to help older and vulnerable stay gas safe in their homes

The Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) has significantly scaled up its partnership with the Gas Safe Charity following a successful pilot in 2013 to provide essential maintenance and repairs to the homes of older and vulnerable people. The scheme has now been extended and FILT will be working with the Gas Safe Charity, Care & Repair Scotland and Care & Repair Cymru to provide help across the UK.

FILT Chair, Baroness Kay Andrews, said: “this funding will provide much needed support to many vulnerable and older people across the UK. I am delighted that we are working with our partners across the nations to provide essential support to keep people safe and warm in their homes”.

The Gas Safe Charity funding has been awarded to coordinating charity FILT, as part of a two-year programme and will be used to address the replacement, repair and servicing of dangerous, faulty or insufficient gas appliances and installations that put the safety of older and vulnerable people at risk.

The Gas Safe Chair of Trustees, Gordon Lishman, explained: “Working in partnership across England, Scotland and Wales will help put in place preventive services that directly address the risks of death, injuries and illness caused by dangerous gas work and appliances. The scheme will also help to promote gas safety awareness across the UK.’

This funding represents a significant opportunity for home improvement agencies and care & repair organisations to expand and add real value to locally commissioned services. This scheme also provides significant opportunities in the longer term for the development of new partnerships and profile for the local organisations who delivery of the work.

Scott Malcolm from Angus Care and Repair, said, ‘This is a huge boost to our capability to help those in need. We are looking forward to working with our partners to identify those most in need and enable us to make people safe and warm in their homes’

The qualifying criteria for the scheme is

Home Owners Only
60+ with means tested benefit
60+ with state pension only
21+ who are disabled (no upper age limit)

And the works can cover the following

• Gas safety checks
• Gas Servicing
• Gas Boiler Repairs
• Gas Boiler Combustion Analysis
• Gas Cookers
• Gas Fires
• Gas Pipework
• Gas Meters (excluding meter boxes)
• Gas Water Heaters

For more information contact Angus Care and Repair on 01307 463232 or email at Scott@anguscareandrepair.org

Gas Safe Charity was established in 2009 by the Gas Safe Register and the Health & Safety Executive. It is an independent, grant-giving charity which supports a number of programmes to promote gas safety and reduce carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK.