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Park home residents receive £2.3 million in Warm Home Discount payments

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The Park Homes Warm Home Discount scheme from Charis closed at the end of March 2024. The scheme, which this year was funded by E.ON Next and OVO Energy, has distributed £2.3 million of support to over 5,000 park home households

In addition to the £150 Warm Home Discount payments, Heat the Home bundles and over £800,000 worth of energy efficient appliances were also distributed to replace old, inefficient items.

 Jonathan Hunt, Charis Director of Client Sservices, commented,

 

Charis has been running the Park Homes scheme since 2015, and this year has been one of the most intense in terms of residents struggling to meet their energy bills due to the cost of living.

Adding the Winter Warmth bundles and kitchen appliances has made a significant impact on the wellbeing of individuals who have been struggling to make ends meet. The scheme has proven to be a highly effective and efficient way for utility companies to support an often marginalised community. We‘re very grateful to E.ON Next and OVO Energy for their financial commitment to this essential Warm Home Discount initiative.

There are an estimated 110,000 park home residential addresses across England, Scotland and Wales and Charis believes that there are still thousands of owners who do not realise that they are eligible for the £150 payment.

Demographically, these residents, who pay site owners for their electricity usage, are primarily elderly and retired. They are often on restricted incomes and have, in the past, missed out on financial support. Many park homes can also be badly insulated, and residents are often running older, energy inefficient electrical appliances due to a lack of money to replace them with more efficient models.

Charis manages the distribution of financial and product support to vulnerable individuals and community projects on behalf of over 500 private sector, public sector, and not-for-profit organisations.


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