Financial help to heat your home
There are grants, benefits and sources of advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills. It’s worthwhile claiming what you are entitled to.
Local Energy Advice Programme - LEAP
Peterborough City Council offers this free energy and money saving service to local residents who are especially vulnerable. Advisors visit your home and can install simple energy saving measures, help you set up your home to be energy efficient or refer to other sources of support. Tel 0800 060 7567 or www.applyforleap.org.uk (8.45am to 5.30pm Momdays to Fridays)
Winter Fuel Payment
This is a tax-free benefit to help pay for heating during winter. You could be eligible if you have reached the qualifying age and you normally live in Great Britain. This year you could get a Winter Fuel Payment of up to £200 for households with someone who qualifies aged up to 79, or up to £300 for someone aged 80 or over. The exact amount you’ll get depends on your circumstances during the qualifying week of 18-24 September 2017, such as your age, whether you live alone and whether you’re getting Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance. Visit www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment for further details.
Cold Weather Payment
Cold Weather Payments are made during periods of very cold weather to help people to pay for extra heating costs. To get a Cold Weather Payment, the average temperature where you live must be recorded as, or forecast to be, 0°C or below for seven days in a row. Visit www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment for further details.
Energy Company Obligation – ECO
Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) the largest domestic energy suppliers are obligated to fund energy efficiency improvements in the homes of certain consumers. To meet their obligation, participating energy companies promote and subsidise the cost of installing improvements to make homes warmer, healthier and more energy efficient. To find out more, including what type of support you could be eligible for, contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 (9am–8pm Mon–Fri). Visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency for further details.