Teresa has today called on her constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of the free help and support that could save them £140 on their energy bills, if they are eligible.
British Gas has announced that its Warm Home Discount Scheme, which helps those in need with £140 towards their energy bills, is open for registrations today (1st May 2014).
The Warm Home Discount Scheme is a five-year scheme introduced by the Government and delivered by the larger energy suppliers. It helps those in need with their winter energy costs by paying a credit onto the energy account of the qualifying account holder.
To be eligible, customers must:
- Be receiving the Savings, or Guarantee & Savings element, of the State Pension Credit;
- Be receiving eligible Means Tested Benefits;
- Have a household income below £16,190 and have a disability or long term illness;
- Or have a household income of below £16,190 and be spending more than 10% on fuel for adequate heating (usually 21 degrees for the main living area).
Consumers must apply each year to qualify for the payment, so British Gas is urging customers to get in contact to ensure they receive it.
“I want all my constituents to be aware of what help is available. No one should be left in the cold in Britain today and there are a wide range of schemes and services to help people heat their homes. Anyone who’s worried about rising costs can – and should – contact their energy provider or a relevant charity to discuss the help available.”
Applications can be made by calling the British Gas Home Energy Care team (for credit meter customers) on 0800 072 8625 or by calling the Here to Help team (for Pay as you Go customers) on 0800 294 8604. Alternatively, customers can apply online.