Warm Front fund closes untill April as 2010 funding is spent

A scheme to help poor and vulnerable customers get grants to insulate their homes has been put on hold as money has run out for this year’s programme.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change said applicants who had already registered for the Warm Front scheme would not be affected.

It also said it meant 76,000 heating and insulation jobs would be completed “as far as possible” by next March.

But watchdog Consumer Focus says the freeze will hit the poorest hardest.

Warm Front is the only government-funded scheme to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency.

But the scheme will not now reopen to new applicants until April.

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