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Fuel Poverty Awareness In Scarborough

Fuel Poverty Awareness In Scarborough

Published by Karen Liu at 6:01am 28th November 2019.

Scarborough Borough Council is holding a drop in event this week to provide advice and information to residents that will help keep them warm and well in their homes this winter.

On Friday 29 November, which is National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, the authority will raise awareness of some of the issues faced by those living in cold homes. The event will be held at the Town Hall in Scarborough between 9.30am and 11.30am. 

Fuel poverty remains an issue for the borough, especially within much of the private rented housing stock.

A combination of lower than average household income, combined with rising fuel costs and poorly insulated homes means that many residents find it difficult to keep warm, which can impact on their health and well-being.

Funding is available to help residents benefit from a range of new energy efficiency initiatives to make their homes warmer and cheaper to heat and the council aims to ensure householders can access this help.

Residents can also receive free advice to ensure they are on the best energy tariff.

Andrew Rowe, Scarborough Borough Council Housing Manager, said:

"We are very excited to be able to support these new initiatives providing measures such as wall insulation, loft insulation, room in roof insulation and in some cases replacement boilers or new heating systems, to our residents’ homes.

We believe this could help many households in the borough to make their homes warmer and reduce their heating bills. For many residents, the energy efficiency measures will be free.”

Funding is available to homeowners and tenants of private landlords, subject to qualifying criteria.

Anyone unable to attend the drop in event and would like to find out more about the funding and whether their or their tenants qualify, should call 01723 232527 or visit scarborough.gov.uk/white-rose-home-improvement-agency

Warm and Well in North Yorkshire is a project helping to tackle fuel poverty through home visits and a range of other services.

It says fuel poverty affects over 24,000 homes across North Yorkshire, 5,907 in Scarborough district alone, but there is help available for families to save money and look after themselves this winter.

Excess winter deaths increased between 2017 and 2018 , a third of which were caused by respiratory conditions worsened by cold weather.

As well as being a threat to life, being too cold at home severely impacts physical and mental health. Arthritis, asthma, stress and anxiety can all be made worse by the unavailability of affordable warmth. 

For more information about Warm and Well, visit: warmandwell.org.uk and the helpline number is 01609 767 555 

 

 

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zara, on 28th November 2019 10:36am
what exactly is fuel poverty? I have to be very careful with when i turn my heating on because i cannot afford large bills but i also fall short of the usual criteria for help for anything. There again i do not smoke, spend my money on take out food or have the latest electrical gadgets and phones.

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