Take ad­van­tage of the help and support with en­ergy bills

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

With win­ter un­der­way, Tom Greatrex MP is call­ing on his con­stituents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang to en­sure they are tak­ing ad­van­tage of free help and support with en­ergy bills.

As many peo­ple will grow more and more con­cerned about pay­ing their bills, the lo­cal MP is of­fer­ing sug­ges­tions on how they can save money.

Tom is Labour’s Shadow En­ergy Min­is­ter.

He said:“There are a num­ber of sim­ple things that ev­ery con­stituent can do to make sure they’re do­ing all they can to keep their en­ergy bills down.

“Some­times it’s not al­ways clear to peo­ple who they can call, what support is out there and how they can get it – I hope by rais­ing aware­ness of the help that is avail­able, more peo­ple will get ac­cess to the help that they’re en­ti­tled to this win­ter.”

Help and ad­vice from or­gan­i­sa­tion The Home Heat Helpline pro­vides ad­vice on how to ac­cess support from your en­ergy sup­plier, in­clud­ing free in­su­la­tion and the Warm Home Dis­count. They are avail­able on 0800 336 699.

The Win­ter Fuel Pay­ment Helpline is pro­vided by the UK Gov­ern­ment – The Win­ter Fuel Pay­ment is a tax free pay­ment to help older peo­ple keep warm dur­ing win­ter. Con­stituents may qual­ify if they were born be­fore July 5 1952. For more in­for­ma­tion, the helpline can be con­tacted on 0845 915 1515.

En­ergy Sav­ings Trust Scot­land pro­vide ad­vice on sav­ing en­ergy and grants to make the home warmer, and can be con­tacted on 0808 808 2282.

The Home En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Pro­grammes for Scot­land (HEEPs) is a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive to tackle fuel poverty and in­crease en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in homes. They can be con­tacted on 0808 808 2282.

For more gen­eral ad­vice on what help you are en­ti­tled to, you can con­tact your lo­cal Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau or call Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Scot­land on 0808 800 9060.

Tom added:“It is re­ally im­por­tant to be pre­pared for win­ter, and it’s also re­ally im­por­tant that peo­ple who are en­ti­tled to help with their bills are aware that’s the case – I would urge any­one who isn’t sure if they’re en­ti­tled to support to con­tact their lo­cal Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau, as it could make a real dif­fer­ence in mak­ing sure en­ergy bills stay as low as pos­si­ble this win­ter.”

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