An energy charity has urged elderly energy customers to take preparatory measures to ensure their homes remain heated during the colder winter months.
National Energy Action (NEA) has raised its concerns that older British people might be left exposed to cold conditions once again.
With many energy suppliers set to increase their prices, it is feared that many vulnerable groups - including elderly people - could be left struggling to cope with the rising costs.
In response to this the group has highlighted the Warm Front scheme - a government initiative aimed at providing heating and insulation for those households on low incomes - and the Warm Home Discount Scheme - an electricity bill discount worth Â£130 for eligible customers funded by participating suppliers.
Speaking on National Older People's Day (October 1), director of external affairs at National Energy Action and chair of the Safe Warm Homes Group of the Age Action Alliance, Maria Wardrobe, stated: "It is vital that older people are able to keep warm in their homes this winter, and I would urge everyone to contract the Warm Front team on 0800 316 2805 to see if they are eligible for assistance.
"Charities, community groups, local authorities and others that work to support older people also have a key role to play in helping to identify and help those that may be in fuel poverty, and to help with this we have developed a new publication Warm Homes Older People, which is a step-by-step guide on how to recognise when someone is in fuel poverty and where to direct them for assistance," she added.
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