Families who would like to receive cheap gas and electricity bills should check to see whether they are eligible for any winter benefits.
Householders in South Derbyshire are being urged by the district council to come forward and see whether they can claim part of the £35 million stash of untouched benefits, which come in the form of disability housing benefit, pension credits and the winter fuel allowance, the Burton Mail reported.
Councillor Kevin Richards noted that there was a 93 per cent increase in energy prices between 2007 and 2009 and warned that it is not just pensioners who can live in fuel poverty - where more than ten per cent of a household's income is spent on heating the home.
"It covers all generations," he pointed out. "If there is fuel poverty and someone has a young child then it affects their learning ability because they don't want to do homework."
Councillor Richard's remarks came after consumers were warned to brace themselves for price hikes from the rest of the Big Six energy suppliers.
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