EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell says she is worried about gas price rises.

She said: “I am really concerned about gas price rises especially now winter is around the corner but I would like to reassure everyone that we are not going to run out of supplies. The Government has recognised that some people will struggle to heat their homes in Eastbourne and Willingdon this winter and it has several schemes to help them.

The energy price cap, although recently raised, is still saving around 15 million households up to £100 a year. Low income and fuel poor households can receive help with their energy bills in a number of ways. The Warm Home Discount provides eligible households with a £140 discount on fuel bills. Also, Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments will help ensure those most vulnerable are better able to heat their homes over the colder months.

Anyone in financial distress during this time should talk to their energy supplier with options like reassessing, reducing or pausing payments available. This is because the emergency measures agreed between government and energy suppliers to support those most in need during the pandemic also remain in place this winter.

Moving forward, the Government plans to extend the Warm Home Discount until 2026 and increase it to £150. This will help a further 780,000 pensioners and low-income families with their energy bills.”