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Huge numbers of children in poverty across the UK live in homes that are too cold. Yet nearly two million of these children are not getting the critical support that can make a difference. The warm home discount, which provides a £135 rebate on energy bills for disadvantaged families, can mean the difference for parents making harsh choices between putting food on the table and turning the heating on.

Use our map to see the situation in your area.

Despite the clear need, families with children living in poverty do not automatically get it. Many don’t know even know about it. For others, even if they are in poverty, they may not qualify because they work or because their energy supplier’s scheme is no longer available for that year. As a result, these children are being left to grow up in cold homes. This is too important to leave up to companies’ discretion.

If you agree that all families in poverty should receive the warm home discount, join our call.

Join us to make the warm home discount automatically available to all families with children living in poverty – tell your MP that no child should have to grow up in a cold home.

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Use our map 

Our interactive map shows how many children in poverty across the UK are estimated to be missing out on this vital support by parliamentary constituency.

Use our map to find out how many children in poverty are estimated to be missing out where you live.

Of the 10 constituencies across the country where the most children in poverty are missing out on the warm home discount, eight are in London, where over 400,000 children in poverty are missing out. The two other constituencies are in the West Midlands and the North West (read more in our press release).

'The amount I spend on gas and electricity is extortionate'

A family we work with told us of their daily struggle to pay their energy bills.

'The amount I spend on my gas and electricity is extortionate', Claire, who works as a part time caterer in Bradford, told us. 'I'm really careful about how much energy I use, but I still struggle to find the money to keep the home warm for my two children.

'I want to work more hours to earn more money, but to keep their own costs down, companies are keeping their staff on reduced working hours,” says Claire. 'It’s a constant battle trying to budget for everything, especially when energy prices keep increasing. I can’t cut back any more than I’m doing at the moment.  If I do, we’ll have nothing at all.

'The thought of having my electricity cut off is a constant worry. The shoes I wear even have holes in – I can't afford to buy a new pair, any spare money I have goes on my gas and electricity.'

What the warm home discount can mean

A fuel bill for a typical family with children, heating their home to the recommended 21 degrees, is £1403 – the warm home discount would cover their bills for over a month.

This measure would make a big difference to Claire and other families struggling to make ends meet. But she didn’t know about it. Making the discount automatic for all families with children in poverty would mean Claire and her children would not miss out.

We are calling for every family with children that is living in poverty should to get the warm home discount automatically to help make sure they are able to keep their children warm. Join us - tell your MP that no child should have to grow up in a cold home.

How many children are missing out in your area?

Our map illustrates estimates of how many children in poverty are missing out on the warm home discount across the country.

(Having trouble using the map? Open a larger version of the map on the Google Fusion website.)

You can help

Join us to make the warm home discount automatically available to all families with children living in poverty – tell your MP that no child should have to grow up in a cold home.

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Find out more

Read about the extent of children living in our report Behind Cold Doors

Use our tool to calculate whether you are eligible for the warm home discount

By Sam Royston - Policy Adviser
Sam Royston
- Policy team

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