Call for public to use helpline for energy bills

GORDON MP Sir Malcolm Bruce is encouraging people in his constituency to contact a free helpline to find out about assistance with energy costs.

New research has revealed that around 2,600 households in Gordon are entitled to help with their energy bills.

Nationally, more than one in ten UK households are eligible for help.

The Home Heat Helpline (0800 33 66 99) 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.

Sir Malcolm said: “Energy bills make up a significant proportion of many household budgets and rising bills are a cause for concern for a lot of constituents. However, many people don’t realise that support is available.

“Anyone in Gordon 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.”

The service is also available online by visiting www.homeheathelpline.org.uk where a new Energy Checker will help to show if people are entitled to help.

Christine McGourty, from the Home Heat Helpline, is also advising people to think about what they can do around the home to reduce their energy consumption.

She said: “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.”

The Helpline is managed by Energy UK and funded by the major energy suppliers. The service is supported by a range of organisations including Age UK, Citizens Advice, National Energy Action, Family Action and Energy Action Scotland.