Areas of Brighton are among those with the most unclaimed energy support vouchers just days before the deadline to receive the support.

People on prepayment meters will not have automatically received the Government discount that was paid out between October 2022 and March 2023.

The discount can be claimed by redeeming vouchers sent by text, email or post, but the deadline to do so is June 30.

Statistics have revealed that over a third of vouchers in the Brighton Pavilion constituency have not been redeemed.

With 34 per cent of vouchers currently not redeemed, the statistic ranks the area in the top 15 places with highest unclaimed vouchers nationwide.

Brighton Pavilion also has the highest percentage of unclaimed vouchers in England outside of London.

Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) said that, given many prepayment users are on a low income, the £400 is a lifeline, but they must redeem their vouchers by June 30 to take advantage of it.

Those with unclaimed vouchers are urged to contact their electricity supplier as soon as possible.

NEA chief executive Adam Scorer said: “As energy bills have spiralled, National Energy Action knows how crucial the Government’s Energy Bills Support Scheme has been. The £400, paid in six instalments of £66 or £67, has helped many people this winter.

“But prepayment customers – often some of the most vulnerable – were paid in vouchers and millions remains unclaimed. Some customers didn’t receive them, others struggled to redeem them.

“We urge anyone who hasn’t yet claimed their vouchers to do so before the June 30 deadline and, if you have friends and family that may not have used their vouchers, spread the word.

“It may be the support that keeps their lights on, their oven cooking, their hot showers running, through the summer. It’s vital money at a time when it’s never been needed more.”

Discounts for people paying direct debits were sent automatically in six monthly instalments of £66 or £67 over the winter.

More than £100 million worth of supporters is still yet to be claimed across the UK.