The Energy and Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, is today reminding pensioners and those on lower incomes to take advantage of the Warm Front grant scheme, in order to keep their homes warm this winter.

The scheme provides grants to people in poorly heated or poorly insulated homes to pay for boiler repairs, new central heating systems and insulation work.

Greg Barker said: “With the coldest months of the year fast approaching, there’s never been a better time for people on low incomes to pick up the phone and apply for a Warm Front grant.

“Getting a boiler that works better or even just topping up loft insulation can lead to a warmer, cosier home in the future.”

Over the next two years, 90,000 people are expected to take advantage of the scheme which has over £110 million of funding available this year and a further £100 million allocated for 2012/13.

Those eligible for the scheme can apply for up to £3,500 towards the cost of the work or up to £6,000 for homes not connected to mains gas.

Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications at fuel poverty charity NEA, said: “The most vulnerable cannot afford the up-front cost of measures and Warm Front continues to be an excellent scheme during the transition to the Government’s Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation programmes next year.” 

Further information about the Warm Front scheme can be found here.