Warning: 'Don't be fooled by fake green energy grant letters'

Wakefield Council is warning residents of hoax energy schemes after some residents received letters making claims and offering grants and access to the Government’s recently announced Green Homes Grant scheme.

Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 10:46 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 10:49 am
Wakefield Town Hall

The Green Homes Grant does not become fully operational until the autumn and residents will be able to access vouchers via a Government website.

The hoax letters are being sent out by private companies and have not been sent by, or associated with, the Council in any way.

These companies may make claims, which residents are advised to be wary about, and contact the Council’s Energy Team if they are unsure about the offer.

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They may claim that they can provide ECO Flex funding to help pay for the work but the Council exclusively work with their approved contractors to deliver all ECO Flex funding across the district.

Coun Darren Byford, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “Please stay vigilant as we are aware that scams are circulating. Letters from the Council will always contain the Council’s logo and a full address and the name of the sender.

“These letters have not been sent by us and if you have any concerns, please do get in touch.

“We can offer you support and advice to help you pay and manage your energy bills so please contact the team if you are struggling and let’s see how we can help.”

The Council urges residents to contact them on 01924 305887 or email at [email protected] if they have any queries about funding for energy efficiency measures and about the Government’s Green Homes Grant voucher scheme.

Alternatively visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/energy or www.gov.uk/green-deal-energy-saving-measures