Central heating fund

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

Information about the Central Heating Fund and the Eco flexible policy.

Central Heating Fund delivers healthier homes

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are in the top ten areas for the UK who are in fuel poverty. 

Being warm at home has many benefits. Here's a short film which shows the real difference this has made to people's lives.


In September 2015 Cornwall Council secured central government funding. This was for us to spend installing brand new central heating in homes that needed it. And Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is full of them.

There is a league table of poor housing conditions in English counties. The league shows the places that have bad cold and damp homes. The islands come top and Cornwall weighs in at number three. Damp and cold can ruin lives – in fact it can take lives.

In an average winter over 20,000 extra lives are lost due to illness. Combined with cold and damp homes, particularly with older and very young residents, it's a serious public health concern.

Why keeping warm affects your health and wellbeing

Cold and damp causes many other problems. People in such homes just don’t work as well. They struggle to go about their normal lives. Sometimes they all live in one room. A child could be struggling to concentrate on their homework. Or someone is always worrying about carbon monoxide poisoning from that badly maintained boiler or chimney. And they become isolated – who wants to invite friends round to a freezing cold house? People simply don’t work or play very well in a cold or damp house.

The Central Heating Fund was all about fixing this. Now we have new plans to do more for the residents of Cornwall in future winters...so watch this space! You can view our current list of fuel poverty programmes.

Cornwall Council Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Flexible Eligibility Statement of Intent and Policy

Cornwall Council is working with the Winter Wellbeing programme partners. They are working together to find households which need help and support if they are in fuel poverty. Fuel poor households could be eligible for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funded home improvements.

Find out how Cornwall Council is identifying these households. You can also find out how households are assessed by downloading the council’s Flexible Eligibility Statement of Intent for 2019. Cornwall Council will be providing a guide about the availability and accessibility of ECO Flexible Eligibility within Cornwall.

LA Flex installers

Cornwall Council have a list of LA EcoFlex installers who can deliver energy efficiency and insulation in Cornwall. This will help keep our residents safe and warm by adding new heating or loft, roof or wall insulation. They are Green Deal registered (different to Green Homes Grant) with PAS 2030 accreditation and have signed an Information Sharing Agreement with Cornwall Council.

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