Will Forster

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Lib Dems call for £342,160 investment in Warm Home Discount to prevent 1,222 pensioners in Woking going cold this winter

by willforster on 11 October, 2021

My Lib Dem colleagues and I have called on the Government to double the Warm Home Discount for existing recipients and make it available to 168 pensioners across Woking.  The measure would prevent pensioners being forced to choose between eating and heating this winter.

The call comes amid fears that local residents, particularly 1,222 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 Lib Dems 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 £147,560 is spent on the Warm Home Discount in Woking.  Under Lib Dem plans this funding would rise to £342,160.

The Conservatives are pushing the most vulnerable pensioners and families into a cost of living crisis.  We are seeing a double whamy of rising bills and the slashing of vital support.

Residents in Woking 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 – that is why the Lib Dems are calling for a £342,160 investment to help people cope with soaring bills this winter.

If Boris Johnson has any interest in offering the most vulnerable in society a fair deal, he will listen to this Lib Dem proposal to double and extend the Warm Home Discount to the people who really need help.

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