Friday was Fuel Poverty Awareness Day and I joined colleagues at Wolverhampton Homes Energy Advice surgery to raise awareness on tackling fuel poverty.
Fuel poverty affects children and families across the UK, who tragically often have to choose between ‘heating’ and ‘eating’. It affects the working poor and people with disabilities, and not only does it affect them financially but it can be detrimental to their physical and mental health.
The day was about raising awareness of the annual devastation that cold homes impact the most vulnerable in our society; the problem and some of the solutions available for those struggling to heat their homes affordably.
Shockingly, between 2017 – 2018 there were 50,100 excess winter deaths in England and Wales because of fuel poverty.
I’m really pleased that our local provider Wolverhampton Homes is committed to help its tenants make their homes energy efficient and save money on gas and electricity bills through a number of services. They run free energy advice surgeries and also offer a warm homes discount to some of their tenants who are eligible. You can find out more here: https://www.wolverhamptonhomes.org.uk/ten…/energy-management