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Grimsby residents warned against bogus thermal insulation grants

Homeowners in Grimsby have been warned about rogue salespeople who are claiming to offer government grants for thermal insulation and energy-efficient property upgrades.

According to Trading Standards officers, the body has received complaints that companies have knocked on doors posing as representatives of the Warm Front scheme, the Grimsby Telegraph reports.

Those who are genuinely administered by the initiative are managed by the North East Lincolnshire Council, whose staff are not permitted to cold-call residents.

Debbie Fagan, head of strategic housing at the local authority, said the reports have increased since the government widened the eligibility criteria for the programme.

"We want to stress that cold-callers will not be selling loft and cavity wall insulation on behalf of this Warm Front scheme," she added.

Instead, official workers will have an identification badge about their person and will have previously arranged an appointment with a resident.

The Warm Front initiative provides householders with financial support of up to £3,500 for the installment of better heating facilities, draught-proofing or loft and hot water tank insulation.

Posted by Helen Hughes