More Pensioners To Be Helped With Energy Bills

According to a government announcement, an extra 200,000 pensioners will receive assistance with their energy bills this winter.

The Warm Home Discount Scheme, which is funded by energy companies, will see up to £140 being awarded per household to help with the costs of heating homes in the coming months. The number of eligible pensioners has increased to include all people who receive Pension Guarantee Credit.

However, as Pension Guarantee Credit is only available to top up weekly incomes below £148.35 for single people and £226.50 for couples, pensioner groups have warned that this still leaves a large number of pensioners who will be unable to keep their homes warm enough this winter.

Another concern raised by Age UK is that there are hundreds of people throughout the UK who are eligible to claim for Pension Credit but have not claimed it.

It has emerged that, with energy efficient installations, huge savings can be made in households.

Steve Webb, a minister at the Department of Work and Pensions said: “As we approach winter, no one should have to go without heating because they can’t afford to pay the bills.”

The scheme, which was launched in 2011 is expected to cost energy firms £315 million this winter alone. The same companies promise this year that none of their vulnerable customers will have their energy cut off during the upcoming winter months, even if they do miss their payments.

Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK said: “Ultimately the only viable long term solution for fuel poverty is to make people’s homes truly energy efficient, and as quickly as possible.”

Edward P. Carlson couldn’t agree more. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping you to lower your energy bills, regardless of whether or not you’re eligible for Pension Credit.

Call 0800 158 8295 today for free advice on how we can help to show you where your property is using excessive amounts of energy and wasting you money this winter.

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