Be bright and make the call

A free helpline set up by British energy companies says there is a huge gap between people qualifying for help and those claiming free assistance to pay their fuel bills.

The not-for-profit Home Heat Helpline says of the 9,000 Borders households eligible, only 342 (3.8 per cent) have made the call which could see them save around £260.

The helpline number is 0800 336699.