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Published on 27 June 2011 12:00 PM

A £2m pilot boiler replacement scheme has been launched by Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland, in a bid to alleviate fuel poverty among older people.

Up to £1,500 is available for 1,300 vulnerable households towards replacing the inefficient boilers.

This includes upgrading an existing oil or gas boiler, making the switchover from oil to gas or switching to a renewable heating system, for example, a wood pellet boiler.

People aged 60 or over, who do not qualify for other government energy efficiency schemes, are being targeted for the pilot project across Northern Ireland.

Applications are being sought from owner occupiers or private tenants aged 60 years or over who receive a state pension with rates relief but not housing benefit. They also must have an inefficient boiler which is at least 15 years old.

Minister McCausland said: "This pilot scheme offers the opportunity for older people on low incomes who can't get help through other Government schemes to have a warmer home.

"The introduction of the Allowance provides another vehicle for tackling fuel poverty as part of the Executive's Fuel Poverty Strategy."

The Boiler Replacement Allowance will be administered by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575