Pevensey and Westham residents are being urged to make sure their are receiving the benefits available to them for heating their homes.
The message comes from the MP Greg Barker after new research reveals that around 6,500 households within his constituency, which includes the Battle and Bexhill area, are entitled to help with their energy costs. Nationally, more than one in ten UK households are eligible for help.
Mr Barker is now encouraging people to call a free helpline to find out about the assistance available.
The Home Heat Helpline is a free, impartial and confidential 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.
Greg said, “Many people don’t realise what support is available. Anyone in my constituency 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 are aware of the Home Heat Helpline.”
Christine McGourty from the Home Heat Helpline added,“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, and that the Home Heat Helpline is there to assist them.
“We’re urging 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.”
People can call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 or visit www.homeheathelpline.org.uk for advice and information.
The website also has a new Energy Checker to help show who is entitled to help.