Bill Wiggin MP welcomed new research revealing 3,000 households in North Herefordshire are eligible for financial assistance to heat their homes.

Home Heat Helpline’s findings show that 3.6 million households across Great Britain qualify for help from their energy suppliers, including eight per cent of homes in North Herefordshire.

Amongst those eligible for assistance are low income pensioners and disadvantaged families with children or those with a disability.

Bill Wiggin MP 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.

Bill Wiggin MP with Neil Stoker Home Heat Helpline advisor
Bill Wiggin MP with Neil Stoker Home Heat Helpline advisor

“The best way for people in North Herefordshire 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.

“With 3,000 households eligible I would encourage all my constituents who think they might qualify to contact the helpline and see if they can save on their energy bills.”

The British Energy Aid Report was carried out by the New Policy Institute on behalf of Home Heat Helpline.

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 on 0800 33 66 99 can be made in minutes and can save up to £300 per home.”

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

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.