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It may be the warmest summer in years but free central heating is not an offer to put on ice. 

That’s the message from Salford City Council which is urging residents not to wait until winter and miss an incredible offer. 

The Greater Manchester Warm Homes Fund is offering to fully fund fitting a modern gas central heating to 500 households across the region which currently use expensive storage heaters, room heaters or open fires to heat their homes.  It's open to homeowners and tenants, with their landlord's permission. 

Applications are now open and funding will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until the £1.8 million funding has been allocated. 

Councillor Tracy Kelly, lead member for housing and neighbourhoods, said:


“It might seem odd to advertise winter heating in the middle of a very hot summer but we all know how British weather can change. 

“It’s an amazing opportunity for people who struggled to stay warm or afford heating through the long, cold winter we had last year and we really don’t want Salford residents to miss their chance.” 

The £1.8 million funding for the scheme has been secured by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) as part of the nationwide Warm Homes Fund established by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions. 

To find out if you qualify or to find out details of other help available to stay warm and cut winter bills, please contact Salford's affordable warmth team on 0161 793 2264 or email keepingwarm@salford.gov.uk or see www.salford.gov.uk/warmsalford 

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