Yorkshire Housing’s Home Improvement agencies have won £5,000 to improve the electrics at properties for vulnerable people.
It is for essential safety work in homes – such as the repair or replacement of immersion and water heaters.
The cash, which is from the Electrical Safety First charity, is split into two grants of £2,500 each.
One is for Yorkshire Housing’s south area, which covers places including Rotherham and Barnsley, and the other is for the housing association’s north area, which covers North Yorkshire and Stockton.
The funding began on April 1 this year and must be spent by January 31 2020.
It is for vulnerable homeowners who have no income apart from means-tested benefits and/or the state pension.
Those who are registered as disabled or who have a life-limiting illness also qualify.
Households are entitled to improvement work costing up to £500 each.
The scheme covers the following:
• Repair or replacement of immersion and water heaters;
• upgrade of earthing, bonding, residual current device protection and consumer units;
• repair or replacement of broken light switches and sockets;
• relocation or installation of additional electrical sockets to make them more accessible;
• repair or replacement of electric showers;
• and a contribution towards the cost of a full or part electrical rewire – up to the maximum of £500 per property.
Funding can also be used for periodic inspections and portable appliance testing.
Research for the Electrical Safety First charity showed electricity causes about 70 deaths and 350,000 serious injuries every year.
Almost half of all household fires, more than 20,000 annually at an estimated cost of £1bn, are caused by electricity.
And it was found that almost two thirds of households comprised of couples over 60 live in accommodation which fails basic electrical safety standards.
Layla Gorman, manager of Yorkshire Housing’s Home Improvement Agency (South), said the money will make a big difference to people’s lives.
She added: “Under our core contracts, we can’t offer electrical repairs, so it will be a great benefit to our customers that we’re now able to do this.”
Electrical Safety First is the UK charity committed to reducing deaths, injuries and accidents caused by electricity. For more information, please visit: www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk.