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MSE News: Last chance to apply for Warm Front energy scheme
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Former_MSE_Jamie Former MSE
"Vulnerable households in England have just a few days to apply for help to insulate their homes..."
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She says "Just had a phone call from Warm Front to say that from today all government funding is withdrawn for home insulation so my appointment is cancelled!!"
Is this true or a scam by the installers to pocket the money?
Be interested to hear if anyone else has had similar news recently.
My house isnt mains gas and the LPG is costing over £2000 a year!
Loft and cavity wall insulation grants finished 4th January when the funding was pulled, anyone who has an appointment booked for a survey or the work to be done will NOT now get it for free.
A new scheme called the Green Deal will be launched end of January for insulation, solar, heat pumps, solid wall insulation etc, these will be funded as a loan to be paid back through your electricity meter.
I work for a local authority and already getting complaints as the agencies running these scheme are telling everyone to ring their local council, the council can't help as they with utility companies put money into these schemes run by outside agencies.
The scheme was always due to finish this month but no one was given a date till after it happened
Warmfront knew what my mother had not had heating or hot water in her house for approximatly 18 months and that the whole boiler and rads needed replacing for a working, energy efficient system. She is a pensioner (also receiving pension credit), with no other income and is living alone. Despite this the "surveyor" they sent told my mother it would cost more like £8000 (he was clearly off his rocker) and didn't even complete the energy efficiency survey. He told my mum they would only replce like for like and because of this she would have to have another system like the one that was fitted to the house in the 60's.
Needless to say, they told us "there is nothing we can do madame as those are the rules". Despite our persistence, they just stopped answering the phone and I got several hang ups, excuses like "we're moving offices so we don't have your file", "we're moving offices so I can't get your details on the screen", "we're moving offices so we can't schedule any appointments" in addition to people just laughing down the phone at me.
We lost my father in February 2012 and as the situation was so dire we had no choice but to take out a crisis loan from the council. This means that my mother will have to pay back the money when she sells her house (which due to the housing situation there is no chance of her doing).
These grants may very well be available, but I certainly wasn't able to get any money out of them.