Can't afford to keep your home warm? There may be help available for you.
Currently over 5 million people in the UK cannot afford to heat their home to these temperatures and this can be a particular problem for those in rural regions of Aylesbury Vale. However, there is help available for residents of Aylesbury Vale to keep warm this winter.
Keeping warm in winter can be a struggle for both young and old. It is recommended that living room temperatures should not fall below 21°C (70°F) and other occupied rooms should be heated to 18°C (65°F).
Affordable Warmth Helpline
An Affordable Warmth Helpline has been launched in Buckinghamshire by the National Energy Foundation in partnership with Buckinghamshire Council. It is for anyone who is struggling to heat their home or meet the spiralling cost of domestic fuel bills can call for free, impartial advice on:
- National and local government grants
- Loft and cavity wall insulation including the various grants available
- Switching energy suppliers to make sure you are getting the best deal
- Fuel debt
- Who to contact for a benefits assessment
- Home Improvement Agencies for vulnerable homeowners
- Support organisations in your area
- Energy efficiency to keep bills down
Call 0800 1070044 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm for further information
Energy Company Obligation
The Government has recently introduced a new Energy Company Obligation alongside the Green Deal aimed both at saving carbon and at getting efficient boilers and insulation into the homes of vulnerable people across Great Britain. Part of this new scheme is specifically targeted at low income households to help them keep warm and save money on energy bills. Householders who think they may be eligible for help can contact the Energy Saving Advice Service (ESAS) on 0300 123 1234 for advice.
Warm Home Discount
Energy bill discounts of £130 are being provided to around 1.1million of the most vulnerable pensioners this winter under the Warm Home Discount scheme. The discount has already been given to over 1 million pensioners, but a small number may need to provide some further information before they can receive this. All those eligible for the discount will receive a letter by February 2013. There is also support available for a broader vulnerable group and householders should contact their energy supplier directly to find out more about the help available.
Winter Fuel Payments
Automatic payments are made each year to all those in receipt of the state pension in Great Britain, to help with the cost of energy bills.
Cold Weather Payments
Money is paid to pensioners on pension credit or people on income related benefits who meet certain criteria during periods of severe cold, to help with the cost of energy bills. There is a lot of help available to keep warm this winter, and people can call 0300 123 1234 to get further advice on the specific support available for them.
People will also be able sign up for a Green Deal, which will transform homes by providing the opportunity to pay for energy efficient measures with the savings on their energy bills.
Buckinghamshire County Fuel Poverty Strategy 2009 - 2014
Buckinghamshire Council, Buckinghamshire Primary Care Trust, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust, Paradigm Housing, L & Q Housing and the United Sustainable Energy Agency are working in partnership to move towards eradicating fuel poverty and achieving affordable warmth in the County.
This has resulted in the publication of the Buckinghamshire County Fuel Poverty Strategy 2009 - 2014. A copy of the strategy can be downloaded below.
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