Many families are finding it hard to afford keeping their home at the temperature needed to stay warm and healthy.
Living in a cold and damp home can lead to:
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If you are spending a large amount of your household income on energy bills because you are on a low income or have a low energy efficient home you may qualify for benefits, grants and help offered by the government and energy suppliers - click here for information.
If you’re living in social housing, contact your housing association or local authority in the first instance.
If you’re renting privately or own your home, these services might be able to help:
Households in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, East Hampshire, Eastleigh, Winchester or Basingstoke and Dean can apply online to the Warmer Homes programme or by calling 0800 038 5737.
Hoseholds in Southampton can contact Southampton Healthy Homes by telephone: 0800 804 8601 or email: [email protected].
Households in Dorset can contact Dorset Healthy home by freephone on 0300 003 7023, by texting INSULATION followed by YOUR NAME to 07984 440584 or by clicking here.
If anyone in your household is receiving benefits speak to your energy supplier about help available. The Energy Company Obligation scheme supports energy efficiency improvements.
Energy Saving Trust and Simple Energy Advice (freephone: 0800 444202) have more information.
Warm home discount scheme
The warm home discount scheme is a one off discount of up to £150 off your energy bill over winter. Your energy supplier needs to participate in the scheme for you to get the discount. If you are on a low income you may qualify. Contact your energy supplier as soon as possible. There are a limited number of discounts each winter. Your energy supplier can tell you how to apply.
Cold weather payments
This is a government scheme which gives eligible people £25 for every 7 days the temperature is 0 degrees C or below between 1st November and 31st March. You may qualify if you receive:
If you qualify it should be paid automatically and does not effect your other benefits. You can check your eligibility using a benefit calculator.
Turn 2 Us is a national charity that helps people who are struggling financially.
Citizens Advice is a network of independent charities who offer free and confidential advice online, over the phone and in person.
British Gas Energy Trust offers energy grants to customers and non-customers. Visit the website or call them on 0121 348 7797
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