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Fuel poverty warning in Cotswolds as prices rise
The recent cold snap has highlighted concerns that thousands of households will be plunged into fuel poverty by rising energy prices.
A 'fuel poor' household spends 10% or more of its income on heating the home to an adequate level.
Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) believes that the 35% increase in gas and electricity prices since 2003 will push low-income households, who already struggle to heat their homes, into fuel poverty.
The Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) estimates that for every one percent rise in fuel price, 40,000 more households will fall into fuel poverty.
Cotswold District Council is a member of NEA and recognises the contribution the charity makes in helping the Council to implement its Affordable Warmth Strategy.
Gary Packer, the Council's Sustainable Energy Officer said, 'Nearly one in five Cotswold households are living in fuel poverty, a figure that looks set to rise following the price increases.
One of the key ways of tackling fuel poverty under the Council's Strategy is to raise awareness of any help that is available and to improve domestic energy efficiency.'
The Council is involved in a county-wide scheme to help people get advice and free or discounted insulation to stay warm and save money.
Warm and Well offers financial assistance toward the cost of loft and cavity-wall insulation. Heating grants are also available for qualifying households from the national Warm Front scheme. For details of Warm and Well and Warm Front please call the Energy Efficiency Advice Centre on 0800 512 012.
: 09/12/2005 15:36:51
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