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December 11, 2013 10:41 AM

Andrew Stunell MP is warning local residents to prepare for winter and says they should make a free call to check if they are one of the 15,000 households in Stockport that are eligible for help to heat their homes.

Commenting Andrew Stunell MP said -

"Forecasters are predicting a cold winter ahead, and many people who are elderly or on low incomes may not know where to turn for help and advice on keeping their homes warm."

"The best way for people in Stockport to prepare is to act now, and call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to see if they're eligible for assistance."

Lisa Smart, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Hazel Grove, said -

"This is a great opportunity and I really hope all the 15,000 households in Stockport, which do qualify for help, take full advantage as there really is no reason why people should have to suffer with the cold during the winter months."

Households that qualify include low income pensioners, disadvantaged families with children or those with a disability.

The support available includes insulation and boilers, with many elderly and low income families qualifying for the £135 Warm Home Discount on energy bills as well.

The findings from Home Heat Helpline show that a total of 3.6 million households across Great Britain qualify for help to heat their homes by their energy supplier.

The British Energy Aid Report, carried out by the New Policy Institute on behalf of Home Heat Helpline, has also analysed the number of households eligible for assistance across each country, major city and local authority in Great Britain.