New research from Home Heat Helpline shows as many as 3000 households are eligible for help to keep their home warm this winter.

The research found that 6% of households in Cheltenham are eligible for help from energy companies this winter. As a result, Home Heat Helpline (0800 33 66 99) is encouraging people to find out what they could be entitled to.

Homes that may qualify include all those living in certain deprived areas as well as low income pensioners, disadvantaged families with children or those with a disability that live in a rural area.

Cheltenham’s Member of Parliament, Martin commented “Many people may not know where to turn for free advice on keeping their homes warm. One of the best ways for people in Cheltenham to stay warm this winter is to act now, and call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to see if they’re eligible for help.”

Lawrence Slade, Chief Operating Officer, Home Heat Helpline said “The research speaks for itself – an astounding 3.2 million households in Britain are entitled to home heating help. As we’re now in winter, we are urging people to make a free, confidential call to the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99.”

Last year, 98 per cent of eligible households may have missed out on free advice and support because they did not call the independent Helpline.

The British Energy Aid Report, carried out by the New Policy Institute on behalf of Home Heat Helpline, showed that one in eight British homes across Great Britain is entitled to relief, a total of 3.2 million households.

The Home Heat Helpline is an independent helpline which has helped over 350,000 people since its launch in 2005. Last year, over 77,000 people called the Helpline.  The Home Heat Helpline (0800 33 66 99/ 0333 300 33 66) is funded by Britain’s major energy suppliers and supported by a range of support organisations including Age UK, Citizens Advice; National Energy Action, Energy Saving Trust and Gingerbread. 

The Home Heat Helpline offers advice on energy efficiency, switching suppliers, as well as eligibility for financial support from individual energy suppliers, the Warm Home Discount and insulation and heating system upgrades people could be entitled to.

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