Communal heating charges
Tenants in some Council properties are set to receive a refund for their
Across Flintshire, there are nine communal heating schemes, where tenants
benefit from a Council-run commercial contract rate, which is negotiated 12
months in advance. 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 every financial year. Heating charges for fuel consumption are
based on the previous year’s usage.
In the last financial year, with energy prices being lower than anticipated,
there has been an over recovery of heating costs in some areas. In Bolingbroke
and Richard Heights in Flint, each tenant on the communal heating scheme will
receive a refund of £55.97.
For this financial year (2015/16), the Council has been able to buy gas at a
reduced price to last year.
At a meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday 16 June, Members will be asked to
approve a decrease in the weekly heating charges. They will also be asked to
approve refunds being given either as a rent credit, if the tenant is in rent
arrears, or as a cheque refund if the rent account is up to date.
Councillor Helen Brown, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:
“I am extremely pleased that we are able to offer some of our tenants a refund
on their energy bills, and that across all nine communal heating schemes we are
able to offer a reduction in our heating charges for this financial year. The
fuel charges were already good value, and these new charges mean that some of
our tenants will be paying as little as £6.12 a week to heat their homes.”