This Fuel Poverty Awareness Day [29 November], Doncaster Council is supporting a national campaign to keep people warm and safe at home.
Living in a warm home is essential for our health and wellbeing, but rising energy prices, low incomes and poor-quality housing means that millions of people across the UK don’t have that option.
The Warm and Safe Homes Campaign is run by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action and is calling for greater support for those struggling to heat their homes.
Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications at NEA said: “This winter, thousands of people will fall victim to the cold. It’s invading our homes and causing breathing problems, strokes and heart attacks. It’s making people’s lives stressful and miserable, and preventing our children from thriving.
‘‘But we can cure this. A Government-funded, national heating and insulation scheme would vaccinate our homes against the cold. Giving incomes a boost would also mean that people could afford to switch on their heating and stay warm and healthy’.
Doncaster Council’s Director of Public Health, Dr Rupert Suckling said, “This winter we need to look out for our family, friends and neighbours. Pop around regularly if you can, even if it’s just as a friendly face.
“Not everyone who lives in a cold home cannot afford to pay the bills – it may be a case of broken heating controls or poor insulation and require someone to talk to them about their situation and make sure they can access the help and information they need.”
For more information, visit https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/housing/energy-saving-tips
- Category: Adult social care