A Pagan Osborne expert in legal matters for the elderly responds.
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associate and Member of Solicitors for the Elderly, writes:
I write in response to an announcement by EDF Energy that it is to issue £40 rebates to struggling pensioners this winter. The move is set to help around 150,000 older people and is reported to be costing the company £6m.
This is obviously a welcome move for the people concerned who are not on the cheapest tariff. I do wonder why they aren’t moved to the cheapest tariff in the first place but there may be a myriad of reasons and complexities involved in this and I am pleased EDF is recognising this issue and making a move in the right direction.
With the reduction in the Winter Fuel Allowance this year, combined with soaring energy prices and an increase in the general cost of living, many older people are likely to have struggled with the bills.
As the warmer weather begins, it’s important we don’t forget this issue and that we are thinking ahead to what effect a cold winter has on our elderly population and how that can be addressed.
It would be great if the other energy providers followed suit by offering a reprieve to older people. Now is the time to enjoy the warmth and use this brief sunny spell to think ahead for next winter which, knowing Scotland, will be here before we know it.
Associate, Pagan Osborne and Member of Solicitors for the Elderly
Queen Street, Edinburgh