Warning over loft scam

A warning has been issued following a case of men trying to gain entry to a property claiming they were making checks on loft insulation.

David Rixon, a parish councillor for Newton on the Moor and Swarland, contacted the Gazette after he received a call last week, about two men calling in the evening to properties in Swarland.

The men claimed that they are working with Northumberland County Council making checks to see if people have adequate loft insulation.

They ask to go into the loft then and there to check the insulation and are saying that if it is not up to the required standard you could see an increase of 20 per cent on your council tax bill.

Trading Standards are not aware of any such initiative being run by the county council in conjunction with any other organisation who would work in this way.

There is also no truth in the fact that the council would put up council tax based on lack of insulation.

And at Monday night’s meeting of the county council’s north area committee, Coun Andrew Tebbutt confirmed that the county council is not undertaking any survey.

Coun Rixon said: “I am particularly worried about any elderly people who may give permission for the individuals to gain admission.”