NPC criticise lack of Warm Home Discount promotion

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A leading pensioners' group has launched an attack on the Government's fuel poverty campaign, according to an article published by the Guardian.

The National Pensioners' Convention (NPC) has said that the Warm Home Discount (WHD) has suffered from being too complicated and poorly promoted.

Under the Government scheme, pensioners could be entitled to a £120 rebate each year on their energy bills.

General secretary for the NPC, Dot Gibson said: "There has not been enough publicity about the scheme - it's too complicated and pensioners are unsure whether they qualify for extra help or not.

"The cost of fuel is rising and the government's cut to the winter fuel allowance means pensioners need all the help they can get to keep warm this winter - yet neither the government nor the 'big six' energy companies seem particularly bothered about letting people know what help is available," she finished.

In a statement however, the Department of Energy and Climate Change have said: "This year nearly 600,000 pensioners will be notified by Christmas that £120 will be paid automatically into their account - this is the beauty of the Warm Home Discount scheme as most pensioners don't need to lift a finger to claim because the hard work is done for them."

The Government is supporting the upcoming Big Energy Week in January, which aims to empower consumers to find cheap gas and electricity deals.

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