Alex is backing National Energy Action’s Warm Homes Campaign 2010 and encouraging local people to access the help they’re entitled to.
Between 1996 and 2004 the number of households in fuel poverty fell from 6.5 million to less than 2 million but, in the face of massive increases in energy prices has since doubled to 4.1 million households in England and Wales. As fuel prices rise, this problem is set to get worse.
In the past three years 1,995 properties in Stockton North have received insulation or improvements to their heating systems at a total cost of nearly £400,000 thanks to the various grants available to tackle fuel poverty – any many more qualify for free help.
Adding his support to this year’s campaign, Alex said:
“With the freezing weather we have seen in recent weeks it is more important than ever that we do all we can to tackle fuel poverty.
There will be households in my constituency struggling to keep their homes warm this winter. I urge them to contact the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 or Stockton Council on 01642 528 215 to get help and advice on staying warm in their home this winter and for information on the various grants available.”