Aged parent in dire straits with energy costs
edited 2 January at 10:58AM in Energy
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My 93 year old father lives on his own in a small 2 bed terraced house. He is currently on a dual fuel contract with edf, paying £200.00 per month. His account is over £600.00 in credit. He lives solely on a state pension of £160.00 per week. Edf have recently called him and told him from 1st January this will increase to £400.00 per month. That is £4800.00 per year for a single pensioner in a small house. He will be unable to keep paying within a few months. Help!!
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He's 93 years old. Does he have any problems with looking after himself? Things like getting washed and dressed, getting on and off the toilet, organising and taking any regular medication?
He doesn't actually need to be receiving any care to be able to claim Attendance Allowance. If he did get it and lives on his own and no one receives Carer's Allowance for caring for him, any Pension Credit due would be even higher. In addition to the actual Attendance Allowance.
Have a read of this.
Put his details into a Benefits calculator to find out.
Information about claiming Attendance Allowance
If he doesn't have much money as you say he should qualify for care funded in part or full via Local Authority.
Do also check that his bills are using actual smart readings, not estimates (it happens).
Why do you think a telesales person has exploited him? If his fixed deal is half the current cap rate then presumably he'll be going into the standard variable once that finishes.