MP urges householders to claim grants

5600 HOUSEHOLDS in Waveney could be missing out on savings of up to �250 a year on energy bills because they are not claiming free insulation grants, local MP Bob Blizzard warned yesterday.

5600 HOUSEHOLDS in Waveney could be missing out on savings of up to �250 a year on energy bills because they are not claiming free insulation grants, local MP Bob Blizzard warned yesterday.

Studies conducted for the Home Heat Helpline has shown that 5600 homes in Waveney are not claiming the grants, part of a total of 3.6 million households across the country that may be passing up the opportunity.

The research reveals that low income households claiming either out-of-work or disability benefits or working tax or pension credits could gain from the insulation grants, along with people over 70 who can apply regardless of what other benefits they receive.

The grants are made under the CERT (Carbon Emission Reduction Target) scheme, which provides cavity wall or loft insulation for poorly insulated homes.

Mr Blizzard said: 'Free grants for insulation provide a lifeline for families as it gets colder through the winter months. I urge every resident to call the Home Heat Helpline today and make sure they are not losing out on valuable assistance.'

'I also urge residents to request their free copy of the Little Book of Energy, which the Home Heat Helpline has put out to help people learn more about these benefits. The leaflet is available to everyone across Waveney and provides tips for making your home more energy efficient, along with useful information about free grants for insulation and assistance available to help reduce your heating bills.

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'It is an important resource that can help families save money and keep warm this winter. I hope as many people as possible will come forward to claim it.'

Anyone who is concerned about their fuel costs or who wishes to claim the Little Book of Energy should call the Home Heat Helpline free on 0800 33 66 99.

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