Josie asked about the Warm Front Grant which I mentioned in a previous post. This is a government funded scheme to update central heating and home insulation for people of limited means. Because of high demand there is no money left in the pot in the current financial year so they are no longer accepting new applications. Everyone that has previously applied will get the work done, and new people will be able to apply after April 1st.
This link will tell you all about it and you can check if you qualify.
I was given a £3,500 grant for a new boiler and hot water tank. I also had cavity wall insulation and loft insulation, and I must say the insulation has made a difference. I now no longer have to wear a hat and gloves in the house, ha ha. By the way, I qualified because I pay a reduced council tax due to a low income and no savings.
The questions are a little intrusive when you apply for any kind of benefits, they go through your finances with a fine tooth combe. But if it gets you the bits of paper needed to claim for grants, then it's worth it. A lot of people are put off by claiming for any benefits, but if you need them and they are rightfully yours, you have to bite the bullet and go along with it.
Hope this helps.
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