Share your views on heating help

A NORTHUMBERLAND campaigner is investigating whether residents in the north of the county are able to access government grants for heating and insulating their homes.

The Warm Front scheme provides heating and insulation improvements to households on certain income-related benefits in homes that are poorly insulated or need new and more efficient gas and oil heating systems.

However, if the cost of the work required is greater than the grant available (up to £6,000 for oil systems) the remainder of the bill must be picked up by the resident.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan is bringing the issue to the attention of government ministers and is seeking comments from people in the area about their experiences of the scheme.

She said: “North Northumberland has some of the worst fuel poverty in the UK, with many people spending more than 10 per cent of their income on fuel.

“With another winter coming, we must make sure that no-one is choosing between warmth and food.

“I am concerned that many of our poorest neighbours are not able to make use of these grants because the prices charged by contractors are too high and they cannot afford to pick up the difference.”

Those who have experienced problems with the Warm Front scheme can email her at the following address: