West Lothian wants to hear from O-60s

The picture shows a gas flame at the Balal offshore oil platform in the Gulf waters, in the Gulf on the edge of Qatar's territorial waters, 16 May 2004. Iran's Vice President Mohammad Ali Aref officially inaugurated the Balal offshore oil field developed by French major Total together with BowValley of Canada and Italy's Agip. The Balal field is currently producing 40,000 barrels per day and was developed under a 310-million-dollar agreement signed in 1999.      AFP PHOTO/Behrouz MEHRI (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)
The picture shows a gas flame at the Balal offshore oil platform in the Gulf waters, in the Gulf on the edge of Qatar's territorial waters, 16 May 2004. Iran's Vice President Mohammad Ali Aref officially inaugurated the Balal offshore oil field developed by French major Total together with BowValley of Canada and Italy's Agip. The Balal field is currently producing 40,000 barrels per day and was developed under a 310-million-dollar agreement signed in 1999. AFP PHOTO/Behrouz MEHRI (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

A PROJECT has been launched to help the over-60s tackle rising energy prices.

West Lothian Council has launched the ‘Over 60s Energy Advice Project’, to help people understand their energy use,

insulation options, and help them save money by finding the best deal available.

The Energy Advice team spearheading the project is keen to speak to those over 60 who have issues with loss of heat, a pre-payment meter, or who need help with swapping energy supplier.

Danny Logue, executive councillor for social policy, said: “We know that some people are struggling to heat their homes, and some are reluctant to switch on their heating at all. The Energy Advice Team would like to hear from people who are in this position. The ‘Over 60s Energy Advice Project’ aims to encourage older people to think about what can be done to help them to keep their homes warm and reduce their bills. 

“The team can also arrange for a Benefit Check and for people who may be in debt with their energy supplier they can provide an advocacy service. We hope that people will contact the team for themselves or perhaps encourage a family member or friend who may be in need of assistance to make contact.”

The Energy Advice Team can also provide help in the following areas:

*Heating Use

*Information on Grants – Warm Home Discount – Insulation

*Dampness/Condensation Issues

*Billing issues

*Payment Methods – Fuel Direct, Pre Payment Meters, Payment plans

*Benefit Checks

*Advocacy

*Online Training Courses

For more information email Energy.Advice@westlothian.gov.uk call the Energy Advice Team on 01506 283000, or visit www.westlothian.gov.uk/adviceshop