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Turn2us Grants for energy efficiency websiteConsumer Focus, Citizens Advice, Age UK and National Children’s Bureau, are urging people in England worried about their energy bills to find out if they are eligible for free heating and insulation improvements from the Warm Front Scheme.

The call comes as new research from Consumer Focus shows that four out of ten households (39%) are worried about affording their energy bills this winter. Of these people, 70% (around six million households across England) plan to cut back on heating their home this winter due to these worries. Yet at the same time millions of pounds worth of help is being left unclaimed under Warm Front, the Government’s scheme to help the poorest households in England to make their homes warmer and cut their energy bills.

Over 2011-12 the Warm Front scheme was under-spent by over £50 million. The number of applications for the scheme fell sharply after being over-subscribed in 2010-11.

Claim rates are again low this year. Across England, only 11,766 people applied to Warm Front between April and July 2012. Although higher than the claim rate in April – July 2011 when there were only 6,574 applications, this is a huge fall compared to the 133,034 applications received in the whole of the financial year 2010-2011.

Changes to the Warm Front Scheme from 12 September 2012

The Government is introducing changes from 12 September that will make more people and families with children, who are living on low incomes, eligible for the scheme. As the eligibility criteria for help under the Warm Front scheme is widening, someone has been turned down for a grant previously may be able to get help this year.

Warm Front Scheme

The Warm Front scheme provides heating and insulation improvements to households on certain income-related benefits living in properties that are poorly insulated and/or do not have a working central heating system. The aim is to make the homes more energy efficient

Qualifying households can get improvements worth up to £3,500 (£6,000 where oil central heating and other alternative technologies are recommended).

If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

If you live in the other UK countries there are similar schemes to Warm Front:

  • The Nest Programme in Wales
  • The Energy Assistance Package in Scotland
  • The Warm Homes Scheme in Northern Ireland.

For more information about the Warm Front and other schemes and how to apply, read the Turn2us Grants for Energy Efficiency information sheet

Source: Consumer Focus press release

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