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[17/08/2022 | No comment]

Labour has released our plan to help address the Tory cost of living crisis. Labour would stop bills rising now, and create sustainable energy for the future – helping people get through the winter while providing the foundations for a stronger, more secure economy. 

Right now, oil and gas providers are making eye-watering profits, while families struggle to heat their homes. Labour’s fully-funded £29bn plan would prevent the energy price cap rising through the winter, and we would pay for it by putting a further tax on these oil and gas giants. This would bring inflation down by 4%, making it less likely that interest rates will rise in the future, and easing the burden on households and businesses.

We would also insulate 19 million homes across the country through our Warm Homes Plan – a plan we originally announced over a year ago. If the Government had acted on Labour’s proposals, they could have insulated 2 million of the coldest homes before this winter, saving the typical household an additional £1,000 every year on their energy bills.

After 12 years of Tory government that has failed to prepare and refused to invest, only a Labour government can give Britain the fresh start it needs.

Read more about Labour’s announcement on the BBC.

 

 

[17/03/2022 | No comment]
This week, the team joined Leicester Ukrainian Club ‘Kalyna’ in boxing up donations to be sent to the Poland-Ukraine border.
 
The scale of generosity of everyone in Leicester is amazing – thank you to all the volunteers and donors for supporting this fantastic cause.
 
Find more information on how you can support the work of the Ukrainian Club here
 
 
[31/01/2022 | No comment]

If you are struggling with debt, make sure you speak to a money advice service – they can talk you through the different options and ensure you’re informed about grants and funding available to you.

Citizen’s Advice Leicester offer money and debt advice for free, and other locally-based advice services can be found at https://www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en/money-troubles/dealing-with-debt/use-our-debt-advice-locator?source=mas

Below are some of the grants available to support you with paying your fuel and energy bills in these difficult times.

Energy Company Support

  • British Gas Winter Fund – British Gas customers with fuel debt of between £250 and £750 are eligible for grants to pay towards their energy bills. There are at least 50 households in Leicester West that  are eligible but haven’t applied!
  • Scottish Power Hardship Fund – Customers who have Scottish Power debt and are on certain benefits, have a low income, or have fallen on hard times, can apply to the Scottish Power Hardship Fund.
  • E.ON Energy Fund – Existing and previous E.ON customers can apply for the Fund to help pay current or final E.ON energy bills, and support E.ON customers in replacing gas boilers and household items. 
  • Ovo Energy Fund – Financially vulnerable customers who have a debt on their energy bill can apply to the Ovo Energy Fund. 

Support from the Council

  • Leicester City Council’s Household Support Fund  – Leicester residents who are facing financial hardship over the winter months can apply for support from the Council’s Household Support Fund.
  • Leicester City Council’s Community Support Grant – If you are in a crisis and are facing difficulty covering your immediate daily essentials such as food, gas, and electricity, and have experienced a one-off or sudden misfortune that’s left you in a difficult financial position, you can apply for vouchers for gas and electricity, as well as food vouchers.

For Home Owners

Other Support

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