Residents who may be struggling to pay their annual fuel costs this winter are reminded they can apply for a council grant.

Families and people who are on a low income could be eligible for grants of up to £85 per household .

The grants are designed to protect residents who are at risk from living in fuel poverty.

Cllr Robin Brown, Richmond Council Lead Member for Finance, said: "Getting residents through the colder weather and making sure that no one is faced with fuel poverty is a major priority for this Council.

"We understand that the ever increasing cost of fuel bills has left many people struggling to pay for their annual heating bills. We are here to help.

"Therefore, despite the significant reductions in Government funding over the past few years, the Council will continue with these vital grants, which make a real difference to families in the borough."

Last year over 800 people received the one-off grant - proof that the need exists in the borough.

The closing date for applications is March 27.

Applications received after the closing date will not be processed.

We are unable to notify successful applicants until after the closing date.

Fuel Grants application forms can be downloaded from the Council website or residents can pick up a hard copy from the Civic Centre in Twickenham or Council libraries across the borough.