Perfect time for new boilers after government cuts for pensioners

The government’s decision not to pay temporary top ups during the winter for fuel allowance has been met with scrutiny, as up to 700,000 Welsh pensioners could be left struggling to pay their bills.

These pensioners will be losing out on a combined total of £35 million from the same period last year, and will struggle to afford their heating bills.

Ruth Marks, Older People’s Commissioner in Wales, said: “Many of the poorest and most vulnerable older people in Wales will find it even more difficult to pay fuel bills this winter due to cuts to the winter fuel allowance.”

She believes this decision has come at the wrong time, especially after major energy utilities have just raised their prices for gas and electricity.

Four of the ‘big six’ suppliers have pushed up fuel costs, blaming a rise in wholesale prices as the main reason.

The winter fuel allowance was started in 2008 and people could receive up to £300. This would be to cover utility costs over the colder months.

And it’s at this time of the year you want to ensure your boiler is working properly and not costing more than it’s worth.

Boilers that are not energy efficient could be bumping up your bills every year, and with British Gas offering £200 discounts on energy when you buy any boiler, it’s a perfect time to invest.

New boilers will last at least 15 years and most come with a guarantee. You could also save room in your house by purchasing a combi boiler.

They’ll be no need for a storage tank in your loft or airing cupboard. And you won’t have to worry about an older boiler leaking poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide.

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