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Vulnerable people urged to know their entitlements

January 15, 2013 at 10:25 am

With many of us waking up to snow this morning and more of the white stuff forecast to fall later in the week, the vulnerable are being urged by the Government to check that they are taking full advantage of all that they are entitled to. This help ranges from discounted energy bills to help with insulating their homes.

Householders have just under a week to apply through the Warm Front initiative for help in heating or insulating their homes. Applications should be with Carillion, the administrators of the scheme, by Jan 19th.

Funding up to £3,500 is available for assistance in insulating things like hot water tanks and lofts, having cavity wall insulation fitted, or draught proofing your home, while a grant of up to £6,000 can be awarded to replace your heating system with an oil or alternative energy system. For full details see the Warm Front website.

Some of the most vulnerable pensioners are also entitled to energy bill discounts of £130. Over a million pensioners have already received the discount whilst further pensioners still have to provide further information for a decision on eligibility to be made. This discount has no bearing on the two payments made automatically to pensioners: the winter fuel payment and the cold weather payment.

Further information on the Warm Home discount scheme is available on the website.

It is worth remembering that even if you do not qualify for the discount scheme, many providers have their own discounts, details of which are shown on the individual companies’ websites.

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