Horsham District Council is encouraging local people, who may struggle to heat their homes or pay energy bills over the winter months, to apply for a Warm Home Discount.
The Warm Home Discount is a government scheme giving eligible households £140 discount off their electricity bill. It is available to people on low incomes, or certain means tested benefits.
Cllr Tricia Youtan, Cabinet Member for Community and Wellbeing, said: “With the approach of autumn and cooler days, people are starting to think about turning their heating back on and some may be worried about the cost of their energy bills.
“I would urge people who are interested in applying for the Warm Home Discount to contact their energy supplier, as soon as possible, to help keep their heating bills manageable”.
People using pre-payment meters, or pay as you go meters can also request a warm home discount from their energy company. People receiving the guaranteed credit element of pension credit should receive it automatically. The Warm Home Discount is different from the winter fuel payment, which all people of pensionable age receive.
To apply for the Warm Home Discount, energy bill payers should contact their energy company and ask if they qualify. The largest energy suppliers run the schemes and have government set targets. Once the targets have been reached, schemes will close.
Further information is available at www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-