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One in ten households 'eligible for help with energy bills'

By Daniel Culpan

21 November2021

New figures from the Home Heat Helpline have revealed that more than one in ten British households are entitled to help with their energy bills - but many don't know about the financial support that could be available.

People on low incomes who are struggling to afford their monthly heating and lighting bills could be entitled to help worth an average of 160, and 3.4 million UK households could benefit.

Furthermore, in some parts of the country, eligibility for financial help with fuel bills could be even higher. For instance, in certain parts of Wales and the North West, it's estimated that over a fifth of households could successfully apply for help. This includes things such as new boilers, insulation grants, discounts and rebate schemes.

The Home Heat Helpline has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the support available to many struggling households.

For some, it could be the difference between staying on top of their bills and falling into debt, says an expert at All About Money. "Energy bills have been getting more expensive for most of us, and that alone could stretch many households' budgets to breaking point. Then when you consider the cost of replacing a boiler or repairing a burst pipe, it's easy to see how people could get into debt. This scheme should help to ensure that fewer people struggle."

Christine McGourty from the Home Heat Helpline said: "As the weather gets colder and households turn on their heating, now is the ideal time to remind people that lots of help is available to keep warm, and that the Home Heat Helpline is there to assist them. We're urging anyone on a low income, older people, families with young children and those with long-term health conditions to call the Home Heat Helpline to claim the free help they are entitled to in reducing their bills."

Fees payable when continuing service is provided. Repaying debt over a longer period may increase the total amount to be repaid. Calls are recorded and are usually free from UK landlines. Mobile phone users may be charged and should check with their service provider. Cards are provided by third parties and are subject to eligibility, status and terms and conditions. Applicants must be UK residents aged 18 or over.

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