Our response to today's Warm Front announcement
Published on 15 December 2010 04:00 PM
In response to today's announcement from DECC regarding changes to Warm Front, including the news that the scheme will be closed to new applicants from today, Age UK's Charity Director, Michelle Mitchell said:
'It is extremely regrettable that the one publicly funded programme in England specifically designed to tackle fuel poverty has been forced to close its doors to new applicants. Warm Front is certainly not without its problems but it has provided much-needed help for millions of older people during the last decade. With an estimated 3.5 million older people living in fuel poverty, it is a huge concern that many frail and vulnerable older people who desperately need help to upgrade their heating systems or improve their insulation will now be left to their own devices.
'A better targeted scheme is well-needed and we are keen to find out more about the re-design of Warm Front when it re-opens to new customers next year. In the meantime Age UK has launched its ‘Spread the Warmth' campaign to provide advice, support and practical services to cope with issues like heating, health and human contact this winter. Older people and their families can call Age UK Advice for free information and support on freephone 0800 169 65 65.'
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