Stafford Borough residents are being urged to act fast to secure a discount on their energy bill.
The Warm Homes discount scheme offers a £140 energy bill discount to low income households. Offered by energy suppliers, many schemes are now open and operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
Residents are being urged to contact Warmer Homes Stafford for more information and to apply – with many smaller suppliers involved in the scheme for the first time this year.
People may be eligible if you or a member of your household receives employment related benefits, is over 65, or has a disability; if you live with a child under 18; or if you spend a significant portion of your income on energy bills. Residents who receive the Guaranteed Credit element of Pension Credit will once again qualify automatically for the discount. They should receive information from the Department for Work and Pensions via post later this autumn.
Oliver Rothwell, Project Manager for Warmer Homes Stafford said: “With many suppliers announcing price rises over the summer, it’s more important than ever that eligible households claim their discount to help with their heating bills over the winter. Warmer Homes Stafford advisors can discuss qualifying criteria and make applications on behalf of residents over the phone; contact us today.”
Because a number of smaller suppliers are taking part for the first time this year, if your supplier didn’t previously offer the discount, it may be available this year.
Warmer Homes Stafford are particularly keen to hear from households where particular health conditions call for extra heat at home or where fixed low incomes mean affording bills in the colder months can be a real struggle.
“Once suppliers reach their target number of applications, they often close schemes abruptly. It really does pay off to apply early” said Oliver.
Warmer Homes Stafford is a partnership between Stafford Borough Council and Marches Energy Agency. All residents living within Stafford Borough can access free and impartial advice and support on any energy related topic via the helpline.
If you think you may be eligible for the Warm Homes Discount, or for more information, please contact Warmer Homes Stafford for free on 0800 677 1785.
If an eligible applicant is successful, £140 will automatically be deducted by the provider from their winter 2018-19 energy bill by the end of March 2019. The Warm Home Discount is separate from, and will not affect, any Cold Weather Payments or Winter Fuel Payments.