Lynne Featherstone MP teams up with British Gas to fight the cold

Lynne Featherstone MPLynne Featherstone MP has this week welcomed the work of British Gas in her constituency, Hornsey and Wood Green.

The Warm Homes Discount is run jointly by the Government and Energy companies. In Hornsey and Wood Green, 1,064 households have already received £120 via British Gas.  This year, 567,000 local households will receive £130 each.

British Gas has also insulated over 2.5m homes in the last five years, many for free, including 489 in Hornsey and Wood Green in the first half of last year.

The British Gas Energy Trust is an independent charity that provides grants to clear domestic gas and energy debts and other household debts. 53 people in Hornsey and Wood Green received £58,076 worth of grants in the first half of last year.

The Liberal Democrat MP has been contacting constituents and advising them of the support available. British Gas customers who are struggling to pay bills and keep warm are encouraged to call and discuss their payment plan options. The Home Heat Hotline is available to non-British Gas Customers.

Commenting, Lynne Featherstone MP said:

“During these bitterly cold periods, it is very encouraging to see British Gas taking action to ensure that vulnerable people keep warm.

“In the Coalition Government, we are doing our bit, through the Winter Fuel Payment, Warm Front Scheme, and Cold Weather Payment – which has now been triggered in my constituency.

“No-one should ever feel they can’t turn their heating on because they cannot afford it. If anyone finds themselves in this situation I strongly encourage them to use the numbers provided.”

Andrew Reaney, Regional Director for British Gas in London said:

“There is lots of help and support available for British Gas customers in Hornsey and Wood Green. We are delighted that Ms Featherstone has highlighted how we can help those who need it most.  If anyone is concerned about heating their home during this cold snap, please give us a call on 0800 072 8625 to see what we can do to help.”