Alex Cunningham is encouraging residents in his Stockton North constituency to call the free Home Heat Helpline to check whether they are entitled to help with their fuel bills. New research reveals that, nationally, more than one in ten UK households is eligible, with 5,200 households in Stockton North entitled to help with energy costs.
The Home Heat Helpline is a free, impartial and confidential service that connects people and families on low incomes and those in poor health with support which is worth an average of £160. The help available includes grants for insulation, new boilers, discount and rebate schemes.
People can call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 and speak to an advisor who will provide advice on reducing energy bills. The service can also be accessed online by visiting www.homeheathelpline.org.uk where a new Energy Checker will help to show if you are entitled to help.
“Many people don’t realise what support is available. Anyone in Stockton North who is concerned about staying warm should call the Home Heat Helpline and seek advice. I would also ask people to look out for neighbours, friends or relatives who may be in difficulty and make sure that they are aware of the Home Heat Helpline.”
Christine McGourty from the Home Heat Helpline also advises people to think about what they can do around the home to reduce their energy consumption:
“As the weather gets colder and households turn on their heating, now is the ideal time to remind people that lots of help is available to keep warm, and that the Home Heat Helpline is there to assist them. We’re urging anyone on a low income, older people, families with young children, and those with long-term health conditions to call the Home Heat Helpline to claim the free help they are entitled to in reducing their bills.”