Keeping warm this winter

Published on Friday, 18 November 2011 15:15
Posted by Scott Buckler

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker is today calling on pensioners and those on low incomes to make sure they’ve claimed for the help to which they’re entitled to keep warm this winter

The Government’s Warm Front scheme provides grants to people in poorly heated or poorly insulated homes to pay for boiler repairs, new central heating systems and insulation work. Those eligible for help can apply for up to £3,500 towards the cost of the work or up to £6,000 for homes not connected to mains gas.

Greg Barker said:

With the coldest months of the year fast approaching, there’s never been a better time for people on low incomes to pick up the phone and apply for a Warm Front grant. Getting a boiler that works better or even just topping up loft insulation can lead to a warmer, cosier home in the future. It’s easy to apply, all you have to do is call 0800 316 6004 and, if you’re eligible, the Warm Front team will do all the paperwork for you.”

Over the next two years 90,000 people are expected to be helped by Warm Front adding to the 2 million helped since the scheme began in 2000. For those who are eligible the Warm Front team arranges a survey and ensures a package of measures is tailored to each home.

Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications at fuel poverty charity NEA said:

The Minister’s call for people to seek help to improve the energy efficiency of their homes is welcome as NEA launches its annual Warm Homes Campaign with energy supplier E.ON. We know that the most vulnerable cannot afford the up-front cost of measures and Warm Front continues to be an excellent scheme during the transition to the Government’s proposed Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation programmes next year.”

Recent letters of thanks to the Warm Front team included:

Mrs Ursula Steele, from Newcastle, who said:

“Just to say thank you so much for arranging for my new boiler to be installed. Both the gas engineer and electrician were polite and very efficient. The boiler is going very well and my house is lovely and warm.”

Mrs Doreen Roath, from Birmingham, who said:

“It’s so nice to have a warm home and heaven to have hot water.”

There is more than £110million of help up for grabs this year and £100million of funding in 2012/13 for privately owned or rented households across England.


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