Emma calls out to local residents to prepare for winter

December 10, 2013

131210 Home Heat HelplineEmma Lewell-Buck MP met with representatives from the Home Heat Helpline in Parliament to help publicise the availability of help for households struggling with the cost of energy.

As British households prepare to face the cold winter, new research has revealed 7,000 households in Shields are eligible for assistance from their energy supplier with heating their homes. The findings from Home Heat Helpline show that a total of 3.6 million households across Great Britain qualify for help.

18% of homes in South Shields are entitled to relief from energy companies this year. Households that qualify include low income pensioners, disadvantaged families with children or those with a disability, or any household that lives in one of the most deprived areas in the country.

Emma said:

“Forecasters are predicting a cold winter ahead, and many people who are elderly or on low incomes may not know where to turn for help and advice on keeping their homes warm.

“Labour has called on the Government to freeze the cost of energy bills, reducing the average bill by £120 and helping households who are struggling to afford their energy bills. But with David Cameron’s refusal to act many will find it difficult to meet the cost of heating their home.

“I would encourage people in South Shields to prepare is to act now, and call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to see if they’re eligible for assistance.”

Support includes insulation and boilers, with many elderly and low income families qualifying for the £135 Warm Home Discount on energy bills.

The British Energy Aid Report, carried out by the New Policy Institute on behalf of Home Heat Helpline, has also analysed the number of households eligible for assistance across each country, major city and local authority in Great Britain.

Vulnerable households are urged to call the confidential, free Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to find out if they qualify, and to ascertain the type of support they may be able to receive to keep their homes warm. The helpline offers impartial advice to vulnerable people who are worried about their energy bills and staying warm during the winter.

Last winter the Home Heat Helpline assisted over 42,000 people across Britain with approximately £250 energy savings per household.

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