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Low-income house owners can get Highland Council help on linked fire alarms

By Imogen James

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Fire alarms will need to be interlinked from February 2022.
Fire alarms will need to be interlinked from February 2022.

Low income home-owners, those who have disabilities and pensioners may be able to get help to supply and install interlinked fire alarms in their homes.

In addition, some families on low incomes who have children with disabilities may be able to get this help too.

The Highland Council has a list of criteria applicants must meet which can be found online.

If eligible, there is a short and simple online application form.

Those that match the criteria are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible as the grant funding is limited. The fund will close to new applicants once the money runs out.

Low-income households who are in the greatest need are the highest priority.

The work is expected to be carried out across Highland over the next nine months and to have all installs completed by March 2023.

Chair of the Housing and Property Committee, Councillor Glynis Campbell-Sinclair, said: “We hope to help over 600 low income home-owners through this partnership between The Highland Council, Scottish Government and three of Highland’s Care and Repair agents.

"It fits with our overall aim to help homeowners live independently, and safely, in a home of their own for as long as possible.”

You can only apply using the online form on the Highland Council’s website.

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