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Communal heating charges

Published: 14/07/2017

At a meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday 18 July, members will be asked to approve the proposed weekly heating charges in properties with communal heating systems for the next 3 years. Across Flintshire, there are nine communal heating schemes. The Council initially pays for the fuel, and then collects it from tenants in addition to their weekly rent, with the aim of breaking even at the end of each financial year. Heating charges for fuel consumption are based on the previous year’s usage. The cost of gas has increased significantly in 2017/18, so there is a need to increase the weekly heating charge in six of the nine communal heating schemes. Usage in the three tower blocks in Flint has reduced following the energy efficient measures carried out as part of the Welsh Housing Quality Standard works. Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Bernie Attridge, said: “I’m delighted that our energy efficiency work at the Flint Towers means that Castle Heights will see a reduction in heating charges for next year to £5.10 on average. The other two blocks will see no change in charges for next year. Heating charge increases are being phased in incrementally in our other six schemes, recognising the financial pressures households face.” All changes will take effect from 1 September 2017.