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Fuel Poverty Help Available in Scarborough Borough

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Published by Matthew Pells with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 6:00am 12th October 2018.

Residents across the Scarborough borough are being urged to make use of a help service after it was revealed that the area has a higher than average rate of fuel poverty.

New figures show that in 2016, more than 12% of homes in the borough were classed as being in fuel poverty. The figure is 1% above the average for England and 3% above those people living in Harrogate and Selby.

North Yorkshire County Council has now renewed its Warm and Well service to give people who are struggling to heat their homes a point of contact to get help.

Laura Thomas from North Yorkshire's Warm and Well service is concerned by the numbers involved.


A household is considered to be fuel poor if it has higher than typical energy costs and would be left with a disposable income below the poverty line if it spent the required money to meet those costs.

Laura Thomas from the county councils Warm and Well service says help is available but that people will often need help to access grants and special tariffs.

The Warm and Well service  offers practical support around switching suppliers, accessing home improvements, improving fuel efficiency and accessing benefit entitlements.

 

Warm and Well can be contacted by phone on 01609 767555, or via email at wnw@northyorkslca.org.uk

 

Their website is at www.warmandwell.org.uk

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