Lib Dems call on government to double the Warm Homes Discount

North Norfolk’s Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to double the Warm Home Discount for existing recipients and make it available to 630 extra pensioners across North Norfolk. The measure would prevent pensioners from being forced to “choose between eating and heating this winter”, say the Lib Dems.

radiator thermostatic valveThe call comes amid fears that local residents, particularly 3009 pensioners on low incomes, could be at risk from the energy crisis this winter.
The Warm Home Discount, funded by energy firms, is due to give people £140 off their electricity bill this winter. It is available to those who receive the ‘Guarantee Credit’ element of pension credit as well as some people on low incomes, with around two million receiving it each year across the UK.
The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to take on the cost of the Warm Home Discount and immediately double its value to £280, helping pensioners cope with soaring bills this winter.
Currently, £333,060 is spent on the Warm Home Discount in North Norfolk. Under Liberal Democrat plans, this funding would rise to £842,520.
Commenting on the new scheme, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Norfolk Steffan Aquarone said:
“The Conservatives are pushing the most vulnerable pensioners and families into a cost of living crisis. We are seeing a double whammy of rising bills and the slashing of vital support.
“Residents in North Norfolk should not have to choose between heating and eating this winter. We simply cannot allow those who are already struggling to bear the brunt of this government’s terrible mistakes.
“Liberal Democrats are calling for a £842,520 investment to help people cope with soaring bills this winter.”

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