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Winter warmth appeal
As the big freeze grips the country, pensioners and the most vulnerable are being urged to take advantage of a government grant scheme to help make homes warmer.

Letters have just landed on 675,000 doormats across England to raise awareness about the Warm Front scheme.

The letters explain how pensioners and people on very low incomes can get money off having their heating repaired or replaced or having their lofts insulated through picking up the phone and contacting Warm Front.

So far the scheme has assisted 21,000 homes this financial year, but has the capacity to help at least 16,000 more before the end of March and at least 40,000 next year.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: "The cold weather we’re experiencing at the moment reminds everyone how important it is to have a cosy home so I’m urging anyone who’s eligible for a Warm Front grant to pick up the phone. Getting a new boiler, fixing an old one, or even just topping up loft insulation can lead to a warmer home in the future. It’s easy to apply, all you have to do is call 0800 316 6004 and, if you’re eligible, the Warm Front team will do all the paperwork for you.”

The mailouts concentrated on areas where there are high levels of fuel poverty like Birmingham, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and County Durham.

The Government has also been working with National Energy Action, Consumer Focus and Citizens Advice to further promote the Warm Front scheme.

As forecasters predict freezing temperatures across the country this weekend, pensioners and the most vulnerable are being reminded what help is available to keep warm.