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Monday, May 12, 2014

Seek help with energy bills urges AM

Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Aled Roberts is urging people in North Wales to take advantage of free help and support that could save them £140 on their energy bills.

British Gas has announced that their Warm Home Discount Scheme, which helps those in need with £140 towards their energy bills, opened for registration on 1st May.

The Warm Home Discount Scheme is a five-year scheme introduced by UK 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 the Discount.
 
Aled Roberts AM said: “I want all my constituents to understand what help is available. 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 our Here to Help team (for Pay as you Go customers) on 0800 294 8604. Alternatively, customers can apply online at www.britishgaswarmhomediscount.com.
 
Consumers who receive Pension Credit Guarantee or Pension Credit Guarantee and Savings, should automatically qualify for this year’s rebate of £140. The Department of Work and Pensions will send a letter to all those who qualify around September time, confirming their supplier will make the payment.                                                                                     

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