MP urges those in need to claim money off energy bills

Angus MP Mike Weir has called on his constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of the free help and support that could save them cash on their energy bills.

British Gas has announced that its Warm Home Discount Scheme, which helps those in need with £140 towards their energy bills, is open for registrations now.

It is a five-year scheme introduced by the government and delivered by the larger energy suppliers. It helps those in need with their winter energy costs by paying a credit on to the energy account of the qualifying account holder.

To be eligible customers must: be receiving the Savings or Guarantee and Savings element of the State Pension Credit, be receiving eligible means tested benefits, have a household income below £16,190 and have a disability or long-term illness, or have a household income of below £16,190 and be spending more than 10% on fuel for adequate heating (usually 21 degrees for the main living area).

Mr Weir said: “At a time of ever increasing energy bills any scheme which can give assistance to vulnerable consumers is welcome.

“I want all my constituents to understand what help is available. No-one should be left in the cold in Britain today and there are a wide range of schemes and services to help people heat their homes. Anyone who’s worried about rising costs can – and should – contact their energy provider or a relevant charity to discuss the help available.”

Applications to the British Gas scheme can be made by calling the British Gas Home Energy Care team (for credit meter customers) on 0800 072 8625 or their Here to Help team (for Pay as you Go customers) on 0800 294 8604. Alternatively, customers can apply online at