Corby families urged to get help to heat their homes

Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action is urging families in Corby to check if they are eligible for help to improve heating and insulation in their homes.

It says 16 per cent of households in the town are now estimated to be living in fuel poverty, unable to heat their homes to the level needed for comfort and wellbeing.

To combat fuel poverty, £100 million is available in 2012-13 to improve heating and insulation in low income households through the Government’s Warm Front scheme, which is open to applications from owner-occupiers and private sector tenants who receive certain income-related benefits.

It provides grants of up to £3,500 to fund improvement measures such as insulation or central heating systems, or up to £6,000 if the home is not connected to the gas network.

However, with the scheme now in its final year there is a real concern that if people don’t apply now, they may miss out on the help they are entitled.

Jenny Saunders, chief executive of National Energy Action, said “It is important to save energy, but we also want to make sure people are able to keep their homes warm.

“Help is available to install new insulation and efficient heating systems making energy bills more affordable.

“In Corby we have seen an 86 per cent drop in measures being installed under the programme so far this year but even if people have applied for Warm Front and been unsuccessful in the past, recent changes to the eligibility criteria means they may now qualify for assistance.”

For more information call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 or visit www.homeheathelpline.org.uk.