Shivering Brent residents could be missing out on £120 rebates towards the winter’s electricity bill – according to Liberal Democrat environment spokesperson Daniel Brown.
The Alperton councillor was alerted to the fact that dozens of residents could be missing out on help by a local resident who missed out on a payment from British Gas who are no longer accepting claims for this year.
The government’s Warm Homes discount scheme is designed to help pensioners on low income and some other vulnerable households by providing a £120 rebate off the winter’s electricity bill. Most pensioners who receive pension credits should receive the rebate automatically but some other people need to apply. The eligibility criteria vary according to the electricity supplier.
Councillor Brown said:
I am grateful to the resident who drew this to my attention. It isn’t too late for local people who qualify to apply for a rebate. I urge people who are eligible to apply as soon as possible, before this year’s funding ends at the end of March.
Poor pensioners and families have been hit particularly hard by high energy prices. Many are living in cold homes, which could put their health at risk. I don’t want local people in this situation to miss out on the chance of free help. It is disappointing however that time seems to have run out for people who are with British Gas or Scottish Power, given the amount of money these firms make.
People who think they might be eligible and want more information can call the Warm Home Discount Scheme Helpline on 0845 603 9439 (lines are open from 8am – 6pm, Monday to Friday). They can also contact their electricity supplier or find out more at www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/funding/whds/whd_broader/whd_broader.aspx.