THOUSANDS of Tamworth residents could benefit from a £140 rebate as the Warm Homes discount scheme is rolled out to new energy suppliers.
Offered by energy suppliers, many schemes are now open and operate on a first-come-first-served basis. Many smaller suppliers are involved in the scheme this year for the first time. Residents are being urged to contact Home Energy Advice Tamworth (HEAT) on 0800 043 2815 for more information and to apply.
The HEAT scheme is run by Tamworth Borough Council in partnership with Marches Energy Agency and Beat the Cold. It offers free help and advice about staying warm.
The discount is available to those on a low income and in receipt of certain means-tested benefits. Eligibility criteria for people may also include:
- Your household energy supplier on July 8, 2018, was part of the scheme
- A member of your household receives employment-related benefits
- You are over 65
- You have a disability
- You live with a child under 18
- You spend a significant portion of your income on energy bills.
Residents who receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit will once again qualify automatically for the discount. They should have received information from the Department for Work and Pensions.
Davina Allen, Project Manager for HEAT said: “With many suppliers announcing price rises, it’s more important than ever that eligible households claim their discount to help with their heating bills over the winter. HEAT advisors can discuss qualifying criteria and make applications on behalf of residents over the phone, should they qualify. If you think you qualify, you should contact us without delay”
“HEAT is particularly keen to hear from households where particular health conditions call for extra heat at home. Such households can also be signed up for the Priority Services Register, a scheme run by Western Power Distribution offering extra help during power cuts.
“As well as getting the £140 discounts, we often find there are other ways we can help, such as accessing a grant to improve heating or insulation.”
Cllr Stephen Doyle, the Cabinet member for Communities & Partnerships, said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is one of our top priorities and fuel poverty has a serious effect on this.
“HEAT can provide help to more households than ever before in Tamworth so don’t leave it too late to call the free HEAT number on 0800 043 2815.”
More information on tackling fuel poverty is available from the National Energy Action website at www.nea.org.uk/advice/
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 Homes Discount is separate from, and will not affect, any Cold Weather Payments or Winter Fuel Payments.