Older people 'seeing benefits of Warm Front scheme'

The government's Warm Front benefit scheme is playing a key role in bringing cheaper energy bills for over 50s, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The government has hailed the role played by the Warm Front initiative in providing more efficient and comfortable living conditions for over 50s.

According to new figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the benefit scheme has now been taken up by two million poorer householders across the UK, with a majority of these being older people.

More than 2.2 billion has been allocated so far by the initiative, allowing pensioners to upgrade their homes with measures such as better insulation and energy-efficient boilers.

Energy and climate change minister David Kidney stated that the scheme is not only helping older people to experience cheaper energy bills, but is also allowing them to help combat climate change.

He said: "With the rise in fuel costs and the increased need for us all to save energy, the work the Warm Front scheme is doing has never been more important."

This comes after Just Retirement Solutions earlier this month called for over 50s to ensure they are claiming any benefits they are entitled to in order to lighten their financial burdens.

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