Boston families could be missing out on Warm Home Discount scheme
The families of close to 1,900 children living in poverty conditions in Boston, Lincolnshire, could actually be missing out on the Warm Home Discount scheme, which provides annual rebates off one’s fuel bills, a news report in the local media has recently revealed.
According to charity group The Children’s Society, families living in poverty could benefit from a £135 annual rebate on their fuel bills via the Warm Home Discount scheme, which should be enough to cover at least one month’s fuel bills each year.
The group is now asking the Government to make the Warm Home Discount automatically available to all families with children who are living in poverty.
Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children’s Society, said: “The Government must take decisive action now to move children in from the cold and help stop their parents from having to make this terrible choice between heating and eating.”
While schemes such as the Warm Home Discount will certainly help people in need, the truth of the matter is that the underlying problem of households’ energy efficiency has to be sorted out in order to provide a long-term, cost effective solution to this pressing issue.
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