Success for our Counting the Costs campaign
Thursday 5th February 2015
Our Counting the Costs campaign has landed its first major win.
The government is extending the Warm Home Discount Scheme and standardising it across suppliers. This will make it easier for low income families with disabled children to get a rebate of £140 on their electricity bill next winter.
Clearing up the confusing criteria for the Warm Home Discount Scheme is one of the key recommendations of the campaign.
Higher than average energy bills affect mums like Claire and her eight year old daughter Yasmin, who has cerebral palsy. Yasmin has muscle spasms and they get worse if it's cold, so they need the heating on more. This is a big problem if Claire can't afford to pay the bills.
How you helped us achieve success
Contact a Family launched its Counting the Costs campaign because thousands of families with disabled children told us they are regularly going without the basics like heating and food. We asked you to help us put pressure on the UK government and energy companies to halt this alarming trend.
Over 1000 supporters responded to our call to action and wrote to their local MP. As a result we have recorded a real achievement that will help lower energy bills for disabled children.
Next steps for Counting the Costs
This is a good start but not all suppliers are part of the Warm Home Discount scheme, and Contact a Family wants the discount to be available to all families with disabled children whatever their income. Energy costs disadvantage all families.
So we still need your help to make this happen. Please ask your friends, families and colleagues to take action by sending our campaign email to your local MP.
Find out if your MP is one of 50 MPs supporting the campaign.