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Lichfield and Burntwood residents reminded of help to cover winter fuel bills

People living in Lichfield and Burntwood are being reminded to apply for grants that could help with winter fuel bills.

The government’s Warm Homes Discount scheme can provide up to £135 for qualifying people, while the winter fuel payment may be available for people born before January 5, 1952.

Councillor Colin Greatorex said: “If you are in the core group, you should receive a letter before February next year telling you one of two possible messages.

“The first is that you qualify and don’t need to do anything else. The other possibility is that you qualify but that you need to register with your electricity supplier by March 14, 2014.

“Anyone on this benefit that has not received a letter by February 2014 should contact the Warmer Homes Greener District helpline on 0800 677 1543 or contact their electricity provider.”

Most electricity providers that supply more than 250,000 households will be offering the discount to others in a broader group, but each sets its own criteria and the numbers of customers they wish to help.

“This element is decided on a first come, first served basis and some schemes are already booking up so, if you think you might qualify, contact your electricity supplier now,” Cllr Greatorex added.

The winter fuel payment can also help with between £100 and £300 available to help cover bills.

Those on a state pension or certain social security benefits should qualify automatically. Anyone that has not had the payment before, or does not receive a state pension or are on housing benefit, child benefit or council tax reduction, will need to apply.

To see if you qualify for either of these grants call Warmer Homes Green District on 0800 677 1543.

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