Jan 2 2014 by Hattie Coyne, Ormskirk Advertiser
AS British households prepare to face the cold winter, new research reveals 6,000 households in West Lancashire are eligible for assistance from their energy supplier for heating their homes.
The findings from Home Heat Helpline show that a total of 3.6 million households across Great Britain qualify for help.
Fourteen per cent of homes in West Lancashire 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.
West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper 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 West Lancashire 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.”
Angela Knight, chief executive of Energy UK said: “The research speaks for itself. Some local authorities have close to half of all households eligible for help from their energy supplier.
“We need to look at ways to improve efficiency to keep homes warmer and energy bills lower. A free, confidential call to the Home Heat Helpline can be made in minutes and can save up to £300 per home.”