Local MP, Andrew Gwynne, is supporting the National Energy Action’s Fuel Poverty Awareness Day by pledging to do more to ‘tackle cold homes’.
Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is a national campaign to highlight the problem of fuel poverty, which currently sees over four million households unable to afford the energy they need to stay warm and healthy in their homes. It is a particular problem for those in low incomes living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat.
Latest government statistics indicate that there are over 4 million UK households in fuel poverty. Fuel poverty is caused by a combination of low incomes, high energy prices and poor quality energy-inefficient housing. (1)
Findings by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency reveal that in Denton and Reddish, 3683 households (9.5%) live in fuel poverty (2), as well as National 45 excess winter deaths in Denton and Reddish. NEA believes 30% of these were attributed to cold homes. (3)
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Living in a cold damp home can lead to extremely poor health, especially in those who are vulnerable such as older people, young children, and those with long term sickness and disabilities. Not only will it be causing misery for millions of people this winter, but also placing a huge strain on our already stretched health services. In Denton and Reddish more widely we’ve got almost 4,000 homes in fuel poverty, that’s up by a third higher during the past four-years alone.
“More needs to be done nationally, however I know that there are some excellent examples of good work going on across the constituency, especially by the Christians Against Poverty (CAP) group, based in Tameside and Stockport who offer free, face-to-face support at home while negotiating with creditors on behalf of their clients.”
Jenny Saunders OBE, Chief Executive of National Energy Action said:
“Fuel poverty is a serious problem and one that we cannot tackle alone. I am delighted that Mr. Gwynne is supporting the campaign and helping to ensure that his constituents can live warm, healthy and happy lives.”