A warm home is something that many of us take for granted. But over two million households in England live in cold and often damp homes they cannot afford to heat – they are in fuel poverty.
That’s why St Helens residents gathered in the Assembly Rooms of the Town Hall to learn more about staying warm and keeping fuel bills low at this year’s Affordable Warmth Event.
Organised by St Helens Council, the event was part of a wider programme of activities taking place to mark Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, a national campaign, run annually, that aims to highlight the reality of those living in fuel poverty, and explore the solutions available to tackle the current ‘cold homes crisis’.
The council used the event to raise awareness of the problems facing local people who struggle to heat their homes affordably, and the role that energy efficiency can play in making homes warmer, more comfortable and
cheaper to heat.
It’s not just a financial issue; it’s a health issue too. Research has shown that living in cold and damp homes contributes to a whole range of preventable illnesses, such as respiratory infections, premature heart disease, asthma and strokes, as well as exacerbating mental health problems.
Richard McCauley, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Housing, Planning and Community Safety, who attended the event with Mayor of St Helens, Cllr Geoff Pearl, said: “St Helens Council was delighted to support Fuel Poverty Awareness Day.
“St Helens services at the Affordable Warmth Event were able to provide all the relevant expert advice and information to local people, which will help them keep warm and healthy and save money on their fuel bills.”
The awareness day is organised by National Energy Action and supported by Scottish and Southern Energy.
Attendees were also able to access information and expert advice from many other local services, including the council’s Home Improvement Agency and the Health Improvement team, St Helens Senior Voice Forum, St Helens CAB, Under One Roof and Helena Homes, and Age UK Mid Mersey.
If you missed the event and would like to learn how you can save money and stay warmer, contact the Save Energy Advice Line on 0800 043 0151.