As the deadline for applications for the Warm Front Scheme approaches, it was revealed by ITV’s Daybreak programme that only half of the total money has been handed out – the second year in a row this has occurred.
Susannah Hickling, a guest on the programme told the show:
“I had a particularly bad year one year being self employed and a lone parent with a seven-year-old child so I wondered whether I was eligible for a Warm Front scheme, got in touch and they said yes you but then I heard nothing.
“Nine months after having put in the application and having seen the assessor I got a phone call saying yes we can come and do your loft insulation and draft proofing”.
In 2011-2012, just £56 million of the £145 million, or less than two thirds of the scheme, was successfully allocated in the UK.
This round has seen just 22,000 apply for funding.
The total budget was reduced to £100 million, but this doesn’t seem to have made it easier to give the money away and, with the deadline on Saturday 19th September, it seems unlikely that the money will be handed out.
The news comes as Britain heads into below freezing temperatures, leaving thousands of vulnerable customers at risk.
With rising energy prices, the cost of heating the home has become increasingly difficult. The average bill size for a pensioner is now double what it was in 2005, while 23% of the population have to choose between spending their budget on ‘heating or eating’.
Energy-saving home installations have increasingly been a major focus for the government to both reach environmental targets and help customers to drive down the cost of their energy bills.
Are you eligible?
The Warm Front Scheme is a grant to help homes become more energy efficient. To be an eligible candidate, you must be a recipient of certain income-related benefits and live in a property that is poorly insulated or not have a working central heating system in England.
Applicants can apply for funding for the following:
– loft insulation,
– cavity wall insulation,
– fitting central heating,
– fitting gas room heaters with thermostat controls,
– hot water tank insulation,
– converting a solid fuel open fire to a glass front fire.
If you have previous energy efficiency work carried out through the Warm Front scheme you can now apply for top ups
How to apply
If you want to apply for the Warm Front scheme, you can either
– email email@example.com
– call 0800 316 2805 (lines open Monday – Friday 8.00am – 6.00pm and Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm)
– download an application and send it to Eaga, Freepost NEA12054, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1BR.