Monday, 19 January 2015

Deadline Soon: Struggling to pay your fuel bills? The Council can help

A vital lifeline for residents who are struggling to pay their fuel bills this winter has been again launched by Richmond Council.

 

From Wednesday 21 January if you are on benefits or have a low income you may be eligible for help from the Council with heating bills. Grants of up to £85 per household are now available from the Council to protect residents who are at risk from living in fuel poverty.

 

Last year 700 people applied for the one- off grant – proof of the need it exists in the borough. 

 

If you would like to apply you can download an application form from the Council website or pick up a hard copy from the Civic Centre in Twickenham or Council libraries across the borough. 

 

Richmond Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Cllr Geoffrey Samuel, said:

 

“The sizes of fuel bills has left many people struggling to pay for their heating. ‘Fuel poverty’ in Richmond is above the average for England. These are difficult times for everyone. The Council simply will not sit on its hands and allow the borough’s most vulnerable residents to live in fuel poverty.

 

“This is yet another example of how we are providing practical support to those who need it most.”

 

If you would like to apply, you can download the application form from our website atwww.richmond.gov.uk/fuel_grants

 

Applications are welcomed from Wednesday 21 January.