Party office offering Warm Homes referrals

THE Warm Homes scheme team has visited the Upper Bann Constituency Office of Ulster Unionist MLA, Jo-Anne Dobson to provide referral training to her and her staff.

Warm Homes is a Department for Social Development scheme which is administered by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and delivered by Bryson Energy in the Banbridge area. Under the scheme, home owners and private tenants who are on a qualifying benefit or tax credit can have a range of insulation measures installed and, where no oil or gas heating system already exists, a new heating system.

Referral training will enable staff to advise the public on whether or not they would be eligible for Warm Homes and to assist them in submitting online applications.

Upper Bann MLA Jo-Anne Dobson spoke of the scheme: “With another cold winter approaching it is absolutely vital that we provide assistance to the many people in our community who are at risk of fuel poverty. I look forward to assisting local householders with their enquiries about the Warm Homes scheme and I would encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible to contact my Banbridge constituency office, where they will receive help with their application.

“My office can be contacted on 028 4066 9004, by email at jo-anne.dobson@mla.niassembly.gov.uk or by calling into the office at 18 Rathfriland Street, Banbridge.”

Since the launch of Warm Homes in July 2009, the Scheme has provided insulation and heating measures to over 500 households in the local area.

Louise Magee, Referral Manager with Bryson Energy said, “The training delivered will provide local residents with a valuable Warm Homes information point. If anyone in the area wants to check their eligibility for the Scheme, they can now call into their constituency office where their local representatives will be able to advise them on their eligibility for Warm Homes and assist them in submitting an online application.”

For more information visit www.warm-homes.com or call freephone 0800 988 0559.