How I’ve Helped Tenants Like You

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Published: 17/11/2020

You don’t need to be in difficulty to ask for help – every £ saved in energy bills is a £ to spend on something more fun – that’s something everyone can appreciate.  Here’s how I’ve helped so far…

I was helping a tenant with her Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claim when she mentioned in passing that her recent electricity bills had been quite high even though she’d had PV panels fitted a couple of years earlier.  I checked her fuel bills and noticed that she was on not on the best tariff for her home’s electrical set up. She had also been with the same supplier for a number of years. I did a Uswitch comparison for her and found out that she could save approximately £200 a year on her bills by switching to another supplier and getting the cheapest tariff. That’s around £17 a month!!  I also arranged for an engineer to visit and check her PV panels.  Her bills are now much lower (and her PIP claim was successful), so she’s a very happy tenant).

I’m part of the East Lothian Financial Inclusion Network, which was successful in getting funding to provide grants for families who were struggling with increased fuel costs. I was asked to nominate tenants who I was working with and who I thought might qualify for this extra help. I contacted 15 families and together we applied for the grants. ALL of the applications were successful, and each tenant received a one-off grant of £100 towards their fuel bills.

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