Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, supports the launch of National Energy Action’s Warm and Safe Homes Campaign ahead of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on Friday 3rd December, as he signposts constituents in or at risk of fuel poverty to local services which could help them this winter.
Everybody deserves to live in a warm and safe home, yet each winter hundreds of thousands of people in Wales struggle to heat their homes affordably, living in cold and damp conditions which are a danger to their health and lead to hundreds of excess deaths.
Organisations and individuals across the UK will be coming together on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day to highlight the issues people are facing and the support that is available. The National Energy Action will continue this activity throughout the winter as part of its Warm and Safe Homes Campaign.
The National Energy Action has developed a series of multilingual information leaflets aimed at frontline workers to help provide advice in communities and share information with those who need it.
Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, said:
“We’ve seen the cost of living in the UK soaring to its highest level in a decade, with household energy bills increasing by well over £230 since last winter and will soar again early next year. In this same period, those on lowest incomes have seen their income plummet by over £1000 per year.
Wide gaps in provision of UK Government support with energy costs is letting too many people fall through the cracks. Fuel Poverty Awareness Week is important in highlighting what support is needed and what services are available to people to keep them warm this winter and beyond.
I’d encourage constituents to take a look at the National Energy Action’s resources page for advice and information on energy saving tips and how to get help with energy costs.”