Cold home, poor health? Come into the warm with Nottinghamshire Warm Homes

13 July 2016

If you are a local resident living in a cold home that you can’t afford to heat and you have a long-term health condition that gets worse because of the cold, Newark and Sherwood might be able to help – thanks to the council’s participation in the Nottinghamshire Warm Homes on Prescription project.

The scheme is designed for householders who live on a low income in their own privately owned or privately rented home within the Newark and Sherwood district. It does not apply to residents in social housing.

Energy and Home Support Advisor Jane Eley said: “We are looking to help local people whose health problems are aggravated by living in cold, energy-inefficient homes. They may have a heart condition, asthma or other ailments which put them at risk of going in to hospital for treatment, only for them to return to the same living conditions which worsened their health problem in the first place. If this applies to you, or to someone you know, then please get in touch.”‌

Helping to heat your home

Typical health problems made worse by living in a cold home also include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral arterial disease, diabetes, cancer and hypertension.

The Warm Homes on Prescription scheme means that residents in Newark and Sherwood whose monthly household income is less than £800 after paying their rent or mortgage and who have savings of less than £16,000 could be eligible for help.

  • Eligible households may be offered a range of options including:
  • Boiler repair or replacement  
  • New central heating system and/or new heating controls
  • Draught-proofing and/or insulation
  • Checks to make sure that you are on the best possible fuel tariff
  • Advice on saving energy and using your heating system efficiently
  • Increasing income by claiming all appropriate benefits

All services are delivered by reliable and trustworthy local organisations and clients will not be sent any unwanted marketing. Residents also need to be aware that applications take time to process and the scheme is not an emergency service if your boiler has just broken down.

“The aim is simply to deliver affordable warmth to low-income residents with cold-sensitive long-term health conditions,” said Jane Eley.

If this applies to you or to someone you know, please contact Jane on 01636 655 596 (Tuesday to Friday) or email her at

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