Funding available to Stratford district residents to help heat their homes this winter - The Stratford Observer

Funding available to Stratford district residents to help heat their homes this winter

Stratford Editorial 7th Nov, 2023   0

FUNDING is now available to residents across the district who may struggle to heat their homes this winter.

The new schemes are the Home Upgrade Grant – phase 2, Energy Support Fund and Physical Intervention Fund.

HUG2 is funded by the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero, and ESF and PIF are funded by Stratford District Council.

SDC leader Coun Susan Juned said: “We recognise that some households are struggling with the cost of heating their homes this winter.

“These funding schemes aim to assist as many residents as possible with either direct support to pay their bills, or to improve energy efficiency and heating systems which will help to lower fuel costs and help to prevent the health problems that arise from damp and mould in housing.”

HUG2 is designed to specifically tackle cold and damp homes that are not connected to the mains gas heating network.

ESF has been set up to offer financial support this winter for vulnerable households within the district who are struggling to pay their energy bills. This payment consists of a one-off payment of £500 (for households with children) or £300 (for households without children).

PIF is a programme to assist individuals and households experiencing hardship through significant increases in the cost of living. The scheme aims to support vulnerable households by paying for works to repair, supplement and/or improve domestic heating systems. Households can apply for works up to a limit of £6,000.

The schemes all have different eligibility criteria. For more information visit

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