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BHT Receives Funding to Help People in Fuel Poverty

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16Jan

Fuel PovertyBHT has received funding from the Department of Health Warm Homes Healthy People fund to provide welfare benefit advice to people in fuel poverty.

BHT’s Eastbourne Advice Centre has been awarded the funds to employ an advisor to work with residents in Eastbourne, Wealden, Lewes and its surrounding areas.

The adviser will aim to help each client financially in three ways; each designed to reduce the client’s monthly bills and maximise their income.

The Warm Homes Healthy People Adviser will check each client is receiving all the welfare benefits they are entitled to, ensure they are on the best energy tariff for their needs and signpost them to other organisations to ensure their properties are sufficiently insulated to keep energy costs down.

Fuel poverty is defined as any household which spends more than 10% of its income on fuel to keep their home in a ‘satisfactory’ condition.

Anyone living in fuel poverty should contact Gerald Blessington on 01323 340129 or by email

We are really pleased to be awarded this funding and to be able to provide what has become a much needed service. It is estimated that 3.5 million people are living in fuel poverty and many don’t realise that there is help available.

I would urge anyone who is struggling with their energy bills to get in touch and we will do what we can to help.

Gerard Blessington, Warm Homes Healthy People Adviser

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