The Greater Manchester Warm Homes Fund (GMWHF) provided a much-needed opportunity for low income households to get modern heating for free. Working with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) AgilityEco secured over £1.8 million of funding to install 500 first time central heating systems into fuel poor homes. The programme ran from October 2018 to September 2019 and AgilityEco managed it from end to end, from marketing and promotion, to securing matched ECO funding, and overseeing the installations and overall customer journey.
Vera, 88, lives alone in a three-bedroom house in Tameside. She is deaf, suffers from dementia and is on a low income. She relied on old electric storage heaters to heat her home, and boiled water using a coal-fired ‘bungalow range’. She regularly had to bring the coal in from outside the house and had several falls. We identified that the bungalow range was a CO risk – Vera complained to us about feeling dizzy and falling asleep during the day! We prioritised a Warm Homes Fund central heating installation, as well as uncapping the gas connection. A new Worcester-Bosch boiler and radiators went in just nine days after her initial home visit.
The scheme finished in autumn 2019. Over 500 systems were installed into fuel poor and vulnerable homes, giving them lifetime bill savings of well over £3 million. This included 75 ultra-efficient air source heat pumps fitted into socially rented flats and bungalows, helping to achieve GMCA’s ambition of developing renewable heating projects across the city region.
Through our LEAP service and other local affordable warmth services these residents also received holistic advice and support to minimise bills and maximise incomes, saving them a further £500,000.
“We have been working with AgilityEco for several years in Greater Manchester. Over this time, they have helped us develop a clear package of offers to residents in the city-region. In particular, the LEAP programme has gone from strength to strength over this time, providing practical advice to over 2,500 households in fuel poverty. We have built on this together over the past year to deliver a Warm Homes Fund programme across the city region – installing over 400 first time central heating systems into households who need it. A complex project like this is never without its challenges, but AgilityEco’s approach to partnership working and focus on delivery has helped us overcome them to deliver for Greater Manchester residents.”
- Sam Evans, Head of Environment, GMCA
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