Householders who struggle to heat their homes can today apply for help under the Warm Front scheme.
The Warm Front scheme aims to help 90,000 of the poorest households, through heating and insulation methods.
Qualifying households can get improvements worth up to £3,500 or up to £6,000 where oil central heating and other alternative technologies are recommended.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said: “Next year we will be launching the Green Deal, the government’s national overhaul of home energy efficiency, which will provide extra help to vulnerable households.”
The scope of Warm Front has been revised to better focus support on low income, fuel poor households. Eligibility will now be based on a combination of income related benefits, mirroring those used to identify Cold Weather Payment recipients.