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MP: "2,000 homes in Westmorland & Lonsdale are eligible for home heating assistance"

December 11, 2013 12:10 PM

TF2As British households prepare to face a cold winter, new research has revealed that 2,000 households in Westmorland and Lonsdale 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.

6% of homes in Westmorland 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.

Tim 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. The best way for people in Cumbria 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.