Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Helping vulnerable elderly people: the Warm Homes Discount
Today the government is announcing that the Warm Homes Discount will automatically benefit over one million vulnerable pensioners with lower energy bills – helping them with the cost of living.
We all know how important it is that people keep their homes warm during the cold winter months, which is why we have worked with energy suppliers to automatically apply a discount to eligible pensioners’ fuel bills.
This will save vulnerable pensioners – those receiving Pension Credit – £140 off their bills without them having to lift a finger. A further 220,000 pensioners who meet part of the eligibility criteria but are not yet benefiting will receive a letter encouraging them to claim via a dedicated helpline, and we will also be extending the Warm Home Discount Scheme until at least March 2022.
The government is committed to actively helping pensioners on low incomes with their energy bills, reducing the pressures on vulnerable customers who may be worried about the cost of living.