OVER 14,000 households across Barnsley and the Dearne are entitled to help with their fuel bills - but many are unaware of the aid that is available.
Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher urges people to call the free Home Heat helpline, to receive confidential advice about the assistance they could be given. The helpline (0800 33 66 99) is an impartial service that connects people and families on low incomes, and those in poor health with support which is worth an average of £160. The help available includes grants for insulation, new boilers, discount and rebate schemes. Mr Dugher said: “Anyone in Barnsley who is concerned about staying warm should call the Home Heat Helpline and seek advice. I would also ask people to look out for neighbours, friends or relatives who may be in difficulty and make sure that they too are aware of the Home Heat Helpline. “People can call the Home Heat Helpline and speak to one of the advisers who will provide advice on reducing energy bills. You can also access the service online by visiting www.homeheathelpline.org.uk, where a new Energy Checker will indicate if you are entitled to help.”
He continued: “As the weather gets colder and households turn on their heating, now is the ideal time to remind people that lots of help is available to keep warm. I would urge anyone on a low income, older people, families with young children and those with long-term health conditions to call the Home Heat Helpline to claim the free help they are entitled to in reducing their bills.”