Extract From The South Northants Voluntary Bureau Bulletin (July)
Keeping vulnerable households warm this winter
In this, the final year of the Warm Front scheme, we want to maximise access to the £100 million funding available.
Keeping a home warm during the winter months can be a struggle for some. And this year, the unseasonal rain and relatively cool temperatures have probably led to some people keeping their heating on longer than usual. However, for some low income and vulnerable households this isn’t an option.
Whether it’s because of an old boiler, or a leaky and draughty house, some homes are really difficult and therefore expensive to heat.
Since 2000 the Warm Front scheme has helped more than two million low income and vulnerable households in England to make their home, whether owned or privately rented, easier to heat. The scheme makes a huge difference to the quality of life of the people it helps.
Unfortunately, many households most in need of the support do not know it is available. If you are one of the organisations that have day to day contact with low income and vulnerable people, you are in an ideal position, as a trusted intermediary, to encourage and help eligible applicants apply for the assistance available. We urge you to help us spread the message that Warm Front is still open to applications. Full details of the eligibility criteria and measures available can be found on www.direct.gov.uk/warmfront
For eligible applicants who act soon, there will be a good chance that work can be carried out in their homes in readiness for the start of winter.
For more information, contact:
Regional Network Manager
Partnership House, Regent Farm Road,
Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 3AF
Mobile: 07949 121 241
Switchboard: 0191 247 3800
Carillion website: www.carillionplc.com