THE council is encouraging households that could be eligible for free central heating to apply before the deadline on Monday 31 October.

As part of the Central Heating Fund, privately owned or rented households without central heating systems could have a central heating system installed free of charge if they are on a low income or in receipt of income-related benefits.

Householders who heat their homes with electric storage heaters, single gas fires or a solid fuel-fire system that does not reach all habitable rooms in the property could also benefit from the scheme.

The Affordable Warmth team has written to 2,300 homes that would potentially be eligible, but time is running out before the scheme closes at the end of October.

Around 700 homes in the North East region have already benefitted from the scheme, including over 100 in Redcar and Cleveland.

Cllr Lynn Pallister, Cabinet Member for Health and Housing, said: “There are a lot of homes across Redcar and Cleveland that are at risk of missing out on getting a new central heating system free of charge and potentially reducing their bills by a big margin.

“The Central Heating Fund is making a huge difference to the quality of life of the people it helps and we really want that benefit to be felt across the borough.”

Anyone wanting more information on the scheme should contact Warm Up North, the partnership of North East councils administering the fund, by visiting www.warmupnorth.com/chf or by calling 0800 294 8073.