Warm Homes on Prescription
It’s important to keep warm, particularly if you have long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to the negative effects of living in a cold home. The cold can worsen existing health conditions and so increase the risk to those with existing respiratory, circulatory and mobility issues. To keep warm and safe you should heat your rooms to a healthy temperate of between 18 and 21 oC.
If you live in a low-income household where someone has cold-sensitive long-term health conditions, the Nottinghamshire Warm Homes on Prescription project may be able to help you keep your house warmer for less.
Support is assessed through means testing and provided to residents who:
- Have long-term health conditions made worse by the cold (see agreed conditions in the box opposite)
- Live within Newark & Sherwood District Council area
- Have a gross household income not exceeding £30K per annum, including benefits. (This upper limit applies to families of 3 or more occupants, and reduces to £20K for couples and £16K for single occupancy households excl. PIP/DLA/CA)
- Have savings and investments of no more than £16,000
- Own their own home or privately rent* their home
How does warm homes on prescription work?
Qualifying residents will get a home visit to check the need for a heating upgrade/insulation measures and to asses income and savings levels. Supporting evidence will need to be supplied.
The project will also signpost you to existing local services offering:
What improvements are covered?
Depending on the existing systems in your home, the following might be recommended.
Heating Improvements including:
- boiler repairs/replacement (please note this is not an emergency service)
- new heating controls
Making heating more affordable by:
- reducing heating costs with tariff switching
- increasing income using benefits checks
- setting controls and timers to use heating/water heating more efficiently