A grant has been made available to elderly or disabled homeowners for essential gas maintenance and gas-related repairs to their home, as part of a £5,000 award to Cornwall Council’s Home Solutions team.

Grants have been made available after Home Solutions, which works to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged people in the county, was awarded a Gas Safe Charity Grant. The funding has been provided to help homeowners with a disability over the age of 21, as well as homeowners over the age of 60 in receipt of a means tested benefit, such as the Guaranteed Pension Credit or Council Tax Support.

The council will arrange for local Gas Safe contractors to carry out work at the homes of successful applicants. Those eligible could receive money towards work including gas safety checks, gas servicing, gas boiler repairs or work on cookers, fires, pipework or water heaters.

Mark Deer, Cornwall Council’s team lead for Home Solutions, said: “Applications will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.

“For successful applicants, we will arrange for local Gas Safe contractors to carry out a full gas service of all appliances, including the gas boiler combustion analysis.”