My MP - Eric Ollerenshaw

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP

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Last week I spoke at the launch of Lancaster University’s Report on Cyber Security and the Small Business.

This report was compiled by the University’s Cyber Security Team where they surveyed small to medium businesses in the local area to find out what their understanding of the potential threats were and to see what, if anything, they were doing to prevent this.

The potential threats that this ‘new’ digital age has brought never ceases to amaze me, making every piece of information that we store on our computers or send over the internet possibly open to others. However the impact that this can have on small businesses can be massive.

From operational down time, to lose of data, right through to customer confidence ‘cyber’ threats can do untold damage to businesses who often run on a small profit margin. So if you are a small business, and use a computer or the internet in your operations – please do have a think about potential risks and how you can protect yourself against them.

More information on how to protect yourself can be found @www.getsafeonline.org/businesses/.

With the weather taking a turn for the worse I thought I would mention an awareness push from Consumer Focus, Citizens Advice, Age UK and National Children’s Bureau on free heating help available for low income households from Warm Front.

With many people worried about energy bills and considering cutting back, it is shocking that millions of pounds worth of help is being left unclaimed under Warm Front, the Government’s scheme to help households in England to make their homes warmer and cut their energy bills.

As of September the eligibility criteria for help under the Warm Front scheme is widened, so even if you have been turned down before you may be able to get help this year.

The heating and insulation improvements Warm Front offers could help thousands of households to stay warm and well and save up to £600 off their energy bills each year.

If you would like to find out whether you can get help with your energy bills call 0800 316 2805 or visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Age UK. Further information and an online application form are also available on www.direct.gov.uk

As always, please contact me if I can be of any help.

I represent everyone that lives in Lancaster regardless of how or whether you vote. My contact details are below.

Email: eric.ollerenshaw.mp@parliament.uk Phone: 0207 219 7096 or 01995 672975

Write: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA or 59 High Street, Great Eccleston, Lancs, PR3 0YB. Web:www.ericollerenshaw.com.