Warm Zones’ role in the Better at Home project was to provide the heating scheme to create warmer and more affordable to heat homes. The Warm Zones Energy Efficiency Grant supports the provision of energy efficiency and heating measures to lower income householders living with cancer (or other eligible health conditions). The grants were available for up to 100% of the installed costs for heating and energy efficiency measures in homes, including central heating system boiler repair or replacement, alongside any associated works for the rest of the central heating system; electric space heating repair or replacement; and a variety of home insulation, including cavity wall and loft insulation. In 2017-18 404 households received measures, bringing the total to 474 since the programme started in 2016.
NEA played an important role in the project raising awareness and training staff about energy issues so that they could support householders and engage directly with communities. They also established the Macmillan & NEA Fuel Fund, enabling Macmillan Cancer Support to provide top-up fuel grants to households in need across England and Wales. The Fund makes sure that people suffering from the financial impact of cancer brought on by higher energy costs are given the support they need. We provide them with a small grant to help pay their energy costs after receiving a cancer diagnosis whilst they establish other support. In 2017-18 3,242 people received a grant, bringing the total to 3,535 since the programme started in 2016.