The Welsh Assembly announced yesterday that a boiler scrappage scheme, similar to the England and Scotland ones is to go-ahead.
The new £2.5m scheme will be targeted at those more vulnerable to fuel poverty – those over 60 – and will come into force on 1 April this year.
Those who are eligible and who have a working but inefficient (G rated) boiler will receive £500 towards the cost of a new boiler.
Welsh Environment, Sustainability and Housing Minister Jane Davidson said £2.5m had been allocated to the scheme for 2010/11, which could benefit up to 5,000 Welsh households.
Mark Kelly, CEO of Baxi Group UK and Ireland, said: “We are very pleased that another of the devolved countries has committed to helping people replace their old, inefficient boilers. The Welsh scheme will be targeting over 60s, who they consider to be more vulnerable to fuel poverty.
“The scheme will help to cut fuel bills by around £235, as well as significantly reducing household carbon emissions. And homes in off mains gas areas will have the opportunity to replace G rated boilers replaced with new, high efficiency, A rated LPG boilers or low carbon technologies such as biomass boilers.”
There is also an additional £1.4m to tackle fuel poverty through the Assembly’s Home Energy Efficiency Scheme during the next financial year. The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme has helped over 100,000 households across Wales with heating and insulation measures as a result of an £100m investment in the programme, Davidson said.
Details of the of the delivery mechanism and application process for the scheme are currently being finalised and will be announced shortly.