Energy bill support now available for all
East Dunbartonshire MP, Amy Callaghan, has been inundated with cases of local care home residents who were not receiving the £400 discount on their energy bills.
Most people received the discount automatically, but residents in care homes, as well as those living in residential park homes, were not initially eligible for support.
This left some of the most vulnerable people across the UK paying more for their energy than others.
Ms Callaghan’s office has been supporting residents impacted by this loophole, and the local MP has sought clarity from the UK government about when support would be available.
After missing several deadlines to launch the scheme, the UK government has now announced that the support scheme is open to all, including those living in care homes, residential park homes, and social or private rented accommodation with a communal electricity supply. These residents must apply for support through the UK government website.
Commenting, Amy Callaghan MP said:
"After months of trying to get clarity for my constituents, I am glad that the energy support scheme is now open to all. Unfortunately, the way it’s been set up, it does mean that residents in care homes and several other places with a communal energy supply must apply for support, rather than getting it automatically like everyone else.
"If you think you might be eligible, you can find out more information on the UK government’s website. I would also encourage anyone with elderly relatives in care homes to check in with their family member to make sure they’re not missing out on this support.
"If I can be of assistance to anyone with this issue, then please get in touch with my office."