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Homes still eligible for heating grants
TWENTY per cent of Crewe households are living in fuel poverty, according to National Energy Action (NEA).
The charity claim one in five isn’t heated to a comfortable standard because of rising energy costs.
Despite the figures, the NEA said people in the town were not taking advantage of grants available to improve the insulation of low income households under the Government’s Warm Front scheme.
The grant can provide up to £3,500, rising to £6,000 if the home is not connected to the gas network.
Jenny Saunders, chief executive at NEA said: “It is important to save energy, but we also want to make sure people are able to keep their homes warm.
“In Crewe we have seen an 89 per cent drop in measures being installed under the programme so far this year.”
Changes to eligibility criteria mean previous failed applicants to Warm Front may now qualify for assistance.
For more information on applying, call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 or visit www.homeheathelpline.org.uk.