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Victory over Warm Home Discounts

Caroline Flint has welcomed the extension of the Warm Home Discount to 30,000 more customers of small firms, following lobbying my Ms Flint and other MPs.

Energy minister Claire Perry announced this week that from 2020/21, all energy suppliers with over 150,000 customers will have to offer a £140 discount on electricity bills to the most financially vulnerable - after a campaign from Caroline Flint and fellow MPs to change the rules. 

The Warm Home Discount scheme was launched in April 2011 and is designed to help pensioners and the financially vulnerable from falling into fuel poverty.

Previously, the threshold meant that only firms with 250,000 customers could offer the discount. Following the campaign, supported by Caroline, smaller energy firms (with at least 150,000 customers) will offer the discount. 

This means that an additional 30,000 vulnerable pensioners with smaller suppliers will benefit from the discount. Once the new rules are fully in place, those newly in receipt of the discount will save a yearly total of £4.2 million on their energy bills.

Caroline said: "I am delighted that the Government has listened to our suggestion to extend the Warm Home Discount to smaller suppliers, and thrilled that so many will benefit from the changes."

Read the joint letter to the Minister HERE.

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