Residents struggling to pay fuel bills urged to seek help
December 14, 2011
Four thousand homes in Cambridge are entitled to help with their fuel bills and MP Julian Huppert is backing a campaign to make sure people apply for the grants available.
Julian is urging people on low incomes to call the Home Heat Helpline – 0800 33 66 99 – to find out about grants which are worth an average of £250 per household.
He said: “Families, couples and individuals living in around nine per cent of the homes in Cambridge can get help to stay warm this winter. No-one should be struggling to pay their fuel bills just because they are forced to manage on low incomes.
“I would also urge people to look out for neighbours, friends and relatives who may be finding this winter difficult and make sure they know they can get help.”
The Home Heat Helpline, which can also be accessed online at www.homeheathelpline.org.uk, is a free service which provided independent advice on how to get help with gas and electricity bills as well as grants for insulation or a new boiler.
People are also being urged think about what they can do around the home to reduce their energy consumption such as turning down radiators in rooms which are only used occasionally and switching off lights when not using them.
Julian added: “A few simple changes could make all the difference by saving energy and reducing costs.”