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National Fuel Poverty Day: latest figures show 10,000 Southampton residents are in fuel poverty

Southampton Healthy Homes is marking Fuel Poverty Awareness Day this Friday 17th February with an appeal to residents who are struggling with energy bills. Residents can get in touch with the service, which is delivered by the Environment Centre (tEC) and supported by the Labour-led Southampton City Council, for help to save on their energy bills and keep their homes warm.

In Southampton, an estimated 10,000 households are in fuel poverty, which is 10% of all households in the city. Fuel poverty is caused by a combination of low household income, inefficient housing and high energy costs. It can affect the mental and physical health of those living in cold homes and have serious impacts on their quality of life. 


Over the past year in Southampton the Environment Centre have provided energy advice to 1,116 Southampton residents, supported 413 households through home visits with their partners Citizens Advice, and funded 64 energy efficiency home improvements (including heating upgrades, insulation, glazing and damp treatment). They have also distributed 1,337 energy efficiency materials (including draught-proofing and light-bulbs), trained 172 front-line staff and volunteers in recognising the signs of fuel poverty and helped around 900 households with crisis support, through SCRATCH and SCM Basics Bank.

If you would like to find out more about Southampton Healthy Homes, or would like to refer a family member, neighbour or client, you can contact the Environment Centre (tEC) on Freephone 0800 804 8601(Mon-Fri 9-5) or email keepwarm@environmentcentre.com.

Labour Counillor Dave Shields, Cabinet Member for Health & Sustainability at Southampton City Council, said:  “The majority of the households in Southampton that are in fuel poverty have young children, an older person or someone with a long-term illness or disability living in them. This makes the work of Southampton Healthy Homes even more important in helping people in this situation.” 

 
Adam Goulden, Chief Executive at the Environment Centre, commented: 
“Everyone should be able to live in a warm and comfortable home that does not negatively affect their health and wellbeing. It’s great that we’ve been able to help so many vulnerable residents over the past year, but there is still lots to do to make this a reality for all fuel poor Southampton residents. We will continue to work with our partners to support those households most in need.”

For more information on Southampton Healthy Homes visit:
http://www.environmentcentre.com/projects/healthy-homes/ 

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