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Free Insulation For Over 60s
Tuesday 2nd August, 2005

The cost of keeping warm won’t go through the roof this winter thanks to a special offer that aimed at keeping the lid on heating bills.

The council’s Community Protection Department has teamed up with Scottish Power and St Helens-based A&M Insulations Ltd to offer free cavity wall and loft insulation to anyone over 60.

The offer, which runs throughout August, is available to all households with someone aged over 60 years old — regardless of wealth or status. The project is funded through Scottish Power’s Energy Efficiency Commitment and the work will be carried out by A&M Insulations Ltd.

Those applying for the scheme do not have to be in receipt of benefits and there are no forms to fill in.

The cavity wall insulation is free to any resident over 60 who has a property with solid flooring on the ground floor. If you have a suspended / timber floor there will be a charge of £5 for every air brick that needs replacing.

Loft insulation is available free of charge to lofts that have no insulation at all. If you have some insulation you will not qualify for free fitting but can get a discount to top up your insulation.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Protection Cllr Keith Cunliffe said:

“I’d urge everyone who is eligible to take up this offer because it’s saving you money and you’ll also be doing your bit to help the planet.

“Good insulation will help reduce your heating bills which in turn will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute towards climate change.

“We may be in the middle of summer but it’s never too early to think about keeping warm in winter. This is a limited offer so call the number and take advantage of it now!”

You can register your application for the scheme by calling the Greater Manchester South Energy Efficiency Advice Centre free on (0800) 512 012.

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