Elderly missing out on £310m help towards energy bills

Elderly missing out on £310m help towards energy bills

There is over £310 million available to help vulnerable people this winter, and this year, the Warm Home Discount has been increased to £140 and is available for the elderly who receive pension credits as well as vulnerable people and those on a low household income.

Research conducted Home Heat Helpline, has found that one in seven households is entitled to relief from energy companies. However, 98% may have missed out on free advice and potential financial assistance because they did not call an independent helpline last winter.

With the clocks going back and temperatures falling, Home Heat Helpline (0800 33 66 99) has kick-started its winter campaign by launching a new number (0333 300 33 66) for mobile callers at local landline rates.

This year, £310 million is available for vulnerable people through the Warm Home Discount which can reduce bills by £140 for eligible households.

The Home Heat Helpline (0800 33 66 99) is funded by Britain’s major energy suppliers and supported by a range of support organisations including Age UK, Citizens Advice; National Energy Action, Energy Saving Trust and Gingerbread.

Since 2005, the Home Heat Helpline has helped over 350,000 callers to keep their home warm by accessing grants for new boilers, insulations, discounts and rebate schemes. To find out more, call 0800 33 66 99 to speak to a friendly advisor, or use our Energy Checker to find out if you are eligible.