If you struggle to keep warm in winter you may be eligible for benefits, discounts and/or energy efficiency improvements to help with heating costs.
All energy suppliers must provide extra free services to pensioners, people who are registered disabled or have a sensory impairment and people with a long-term illness.
This may include:
For further information contact Citizens Advice Reading on 0118 952 3022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you were born on or before 5 July 1953 you should get a Winter Fuel Payment to help towards heating costs.
You may be entitled to a Cold Weather Payment if the temperature falls below zero for 7 days or more in a row between 1 November and 31 March.
If you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit or are on a low income, you could get £140 off your gas or electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
The larger energy companies are required to help households keep costs down.
Dedicated energy advice appointments are available from Citizens Advice Reading. They can help you compare suppliers, get arrears under control and be more energy efficient.
If you live in Reading, are over 60, have very young children, or have a disability or health concerns and are on a low income, you may be eligible for Winter Watch.