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Bromsgrove District Council is urging caution after reports of unidentified cold-callers claiming to offer council-approved boiler replacement grants in the district.

Judith Willis, the district council’s Head of Community Services, said: “The council or its contractors will never knock on your door offering work without contacting you first and providing proper identification. For official energy advice or boiler grants that may be available to you, including from the council, please contact our partners at Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881.”

If you want work carried out on your property in general, why not try Checkatrade, on www.checkatrade.com or 0333 0146 190, which works in partnership with Worcestershire County Council Trading Standards to vet businesses and monitor customer feedback.

And did you know the district council operates a ‘Nominated Neighbour’ scheme, where callers to your door can be referred to a willing person who can verify the caller’s identity? If you want to know more contact the Community Safety team for an information pack on 01527 881472 or communitysafety@bromsgrove.gov.uk.