PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson is urging residents to apply for the British Gas warm home discount scheme after registrations were opened.

The five-year scheme has been introduced by the Government and delivered by the larger energy suppliers.

It helps those in need with their winter energy costs by paying a credit into the energy account of the qualifying account holder.

Of the major suppliers, British Gas has set the broadest eligibility criteria.

Andrew Stephenson MP said: “I want everyone to understand what help is available. There are a wide range of schemes and services to help people heat their homes.

“Anyone worried about rising costs should contact their energy provider or a relevant charity to discuss the help available. They can also contact my office on 01282 614748 for assistance.”