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Posted: Tue, 02 Mar 2021 08:31 by Alison Perkins
Borough Council working with E.ON to offer free central heating systems to eligible homes
Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council are working with E.ON to offer eligible residents up to 100% funding for either a first-time gas central heating system with free gas connection, or an air source heat pump central heating system across the district. More »
To benefit from the full funding available residents must not currently have a central heating system and currently rely on inefficient heating systems such as electric storage heaters or solid fuel heating to heat their homes. You do not need to be an E.ON customer to apply.
To take advantage from the full funding available for an air source heat pump central heating system, residents must currently heat their homes using electric storage heaters and meet the eligibility criteria. You do not need to be an E.ON customer to apply.
An air source heat pump system uses electricity to extract heat from the outside air, in the same way a refrigerator extracts heat to keep the inside cool and can be used to heat both the home and the hot water tank.
Eligible residents could also benefit from free cavity wall and loft insulation and funding towards solid wall insulation as part of the offer.
This offer is operating on a first-come, first-served basis. For eligibility criteria and further information please call E.ON's call centre on 0330 400 1095 or visit www.hinckley-bosworth/gasfunding
The Borough Council's Executive Member for Housing, Councillor Michael Mullaney said: "We are really pleased to be supporting our residents across the area with this great initiative.
"Through working with E.ON we hope to be able to improve the energy efficiency in hundreds of homes and ensure residents not only save money on their energy costs but can also become more energy efficient at the same time.
"We would urge eligible residents to contact E.ON to find out more and together we can help as many people as possible stay warm and healthy in their homes and help to save money at this difficult time."
Nigel Dewbery, Residential Solutions Director at E.ON, said: "We're really pleased to be working with Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council to give eligible residents the opportunity to install either a free first time gas central heating system, air source heat pump central heating systems and a range of energy efficiency measures on their properties.
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Posted: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 08:16 by Alison Perkins
Council maintains one of the lowest Council Tax rates in the country
The Borough Council is to increase its council tax charge for 2021/22 by £5 following a decision of the full council at its budget-setting meeting last night (Tuesday 23 February 2021). More »
This means the average Band D council tax (including the Special Expense Area) for Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council will increase to a charge of £139.87 for the 2021/22 financial year, the lowest in Leicestershire and anticipated to be the fifteenth lowest in England, and certainly within the lowest quartile.
This figure will be supplemented by the charges levied by Leicestershire County Council (£1,410.78), the Police and Crime Commissioner (£248.23) and the Fire Authority (£69.29).
Overall, this increase in council tax and the other measures set out in the council's Medium Term Financial Strategy enable the council to plan with more certainty over the three years to 2034/24, to operate a balanced budget, to maintain and improve services year on year, and to deliver other priority projects and initiatives suggested by local communities.
Residents are reminded they can pay their bill annually, half-yearly or monthly. In a full year the monthly instalments will normally be paid from April to January, however residents can also opt to pay their council tax over 12 instalments if they prefer.
Councillor Keith Lynch, Executive Member responsible for Finance, said "The last thing that the Borough Council wants to do at this time, during the coronavirus pandemic, when many are suffering financial hardship, is to increase the council tax but considerable reductions in Government support grants have put heavy pressure on the council's finances. In the last spending review the Government promised new money for local government but it transpired that over 80% of that 'new money' needed to come from increased council tax. Therefore we have to raise the borough council tax by £5 (10p a week) to try to maintain our present level of public services. I am pleased to be able to say that even after the increase the Hinckley and Bosworth council tax will still be among the lowest in the country." » Less
Posted: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 08:14 by Alison Perkins
Reminder to renew garden waste collection service
Green fingered residents have more time to renew their subscription to the garden waste collection service this year following the disruption to the service last April resulting from the pandemic. More »
The 2020/21 subscription has been extended by two months with garden bins displaying the 2020/21 sticker now being collected until 31 May 2021. To ensure the service continues uninterrupted subscriptions for the 2021/22 service can be renewed from 1 March. Residents are advised to renew by 30 April to allow sufficient time for their new stickers to arrive.
The price for 2021-2022 has changed to £30, the first price increase in five years. Director (Environment and Planning) at the Borough Council, Matthew Bowers explained: "The decision to increase the charge for garden waste collections is one of many difficult decisions the council has faced this year to help reduce the costs of providing services. Like many councils we have a much reduced budget from central Government and our income has reduced substantially, particularly in the last year, while our costs have continued to rise. Garden waste collection is not a service we have to provide, nor do people have to subscribe, but at just £30 per year it is an excellent, value for money service that still costs less than similar services offered by other councils around the country."
Renewals (from the 1 March 2021) can be made online at www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/gardenwaste or call the council on 01455 238141. Payments can be made by either credit or debit card.
Direct debit subscribers do not need to do anything, and will receive their new bin sticker by the end of April. However, direct debit subscribers should note subscription payments will be collected 1 April for the service starting on 1 June. New stickers can be put on bins as soon as they are received prior to June (so you don't have to be store them) and your bin will be serviced.
For those who choose not to subscribe to the service there are other options for disposing of their garden waste including:
1. Composting at home - garden waste and other material can be recycled by purchasing a low cost compost bin from www.getcomposting.com
2. Taking garden waste to a Leicestershire County Council Household Waste & Recycling Site (see
www.leicestershire.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling) although residents should be aware that they will need to book an appointment prior to visiting any site.
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