Stephen Mosley MP welcomes free heating help for those in need

Now summer is over, it is time to start preparing for winter and Stephen Mosley, MP for the City of Chester, is backing an awareness push from Consumer Focus, Citizens Advice, Age UK and National Children’s Bureau on free heating help available for the poorest households from Warm Front. Stephen is urging people in Chester worried about their energy bills to find out if they are eligible for free heating and insulation improvements from Warm Front.

Although many people may be worried about the costs of heating, millions of pounds worth of help is being left unclaimed under Warm Front, the Government’s scheme to help the poorest households in England to make their homes warmer and cut their energy bills.

 Stephen Mosley MP, commenting on the scheme, said:

‘I know that energy bills are a big worry for many people across Chester and the country, and that the poorest households who can least afford it, are the hardest hit by high prices. The Government is working to ensure that no-one has to be cold in their own home this winter.  I would urge anyone worried about their bills to contact their local Age UK or Citizens Advice to find out if they can claim free help from Warm Front to help them be warm, well and wealthier this winter.’

 As the eligibility criteria for help under the Warm Front scheme is widening from 12 September, even if someone has been turned down before they may be able to get help this year. The heating and insulation improvements Warm Front offers could help thousands of households to stay warm and well and save up to £600 off their energy bills each year.

 People can find out if they can get free help from Warm Front by calling 0800 316 2805 or by visiting their local Citizens Advice Bureau or Age UK. Further information and an online application form are also available on www.direct.gov.uk

Comments

  1. This doesnt apply to people in social housing, who by definition are the worst off financially. My home is extremely draughty and I have to use a key meter for my gas (which costs even more again). I do not have carpets on my stairs and landing as I cannot afford them on JSA. It costs me £6 a DAY in winter just to keep warm. Needless to say, we just get very cold in the winter. I thank God I’m not yet a pensioner.

    • Kate, not all suppliers charge more for electricity through a prepayment meter. Have a look at Ebico Energy.

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