Help at hand to stamp out fuel poverty

On Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, Leeds City Council is offering practical solutions to help people keep their homes warm.

An estimated 11% Leeds households find it difficult to heat their homes for a reasonable cost.

Having already insulated thousands of lofts and cavity walls in previous schemes, hundreds more are benefitting with the council’s Wrap Up Leeds ECO.

Home owners and private tenants in receipt of an income related benefit who are pensioners, have a disability, or live with a child or young person in full time education, may be eligible for a free Wrap Up Leeds ECO heating upgrade and insulation.

Across the city Wrap Up Leeds ECO has already assisted 398 households. Replacement boilers have been installed in 346 homes and 56 have been insulated.

Residents who have an old or inefficient heating system or homes that haven’t had loft or cavity wall insulation installed, should contact Wrap Up Leeds ECO on 0113 395 0757 or visit www.wrapupleeds.co.uk.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

"Just because spring is in the air, doesn’t mean we should forget about keeping warm. Now is the ideal time to prepare for next winter as many of our projects run all year round.

"People might not recognise the term ‘fuel poverty’, they just know they’re having trouble paying their heating bills. We’re throwing our weight behind Fuel Poverty Awareness Day as we know there are many more people who would benefit significantly from warmer and cheaper to heat homes."

As well as Wrap Up Leeds ECO, other organisations in Leeds are on hand to help.

The Warm Homes Service run by Care & Repair Leeds can help homeowners with heating repairs and installation where a resident suffers from a cold related illness. The Warm Homes Service can be contacted on 0113 391 8336 or email ravinder@crleeds.org.

The Green Doctor service, run by Groundwork Leeds is providing face-to-face energy efficiency advice to elderly and residents on low incomes in their own homes, as well as small scale efficiency measures. To arrange a Green Doctor visit contact 0113 238 0601 or greendoctorleeds@groundwork.org.uk.

The Citizens Advice Bureau provides help to all to resolve their problems with debt, benefits, employment, housing, discrimination and many more issues. They can also provide advice on fuel bills and fuel debts. Contact 0113 223 4400/0113 262 9479 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk or www.leedscab.org.uk.

For media enquiries please contact:

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk