Today is national Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. It’s an opportunity to focus on the issues faced by those struggling to stay warm and pay their bills, and to highlight the work being done to try and alleviate these problems.
An estimated 12,000 Southampton and 43,400 Hampshire households are living in fuel poverty (BEIS, 2017). In 2017-18 there were 160 excess winter deaths in Southampton and 1,160 in Hampshire (ONS, 2019). It doesn’t have to be this way, there is help available.
Fuel poverty is caused by a combination of inefficient housing, high energy costs and low household income. In addition, the majority of these households have young children, an older person or someone with a long-term illness or disability. Fuel poverty can affect the mental and physical health of those living in cold homes and have serious impacts on their quality of life. It doesn’t have to be this way, there is help available.
Southampton Healthy Homes is a local affordable warmth service delivered by us and supported by Southampton City Council. Hitting the Cold Spots is Hampshire County Council’s affordable warmth service run by us. Through our services we help residents improve the energy efficiency of their house, reduce energy bills and switch tariff, as well as referring to other local charities for income maximisation support.
If you would like to find out more about these services, or know someone who could benefit from this help, you can call us on Freephone 0800 804 8601 (Mon-Fri 9-5) or email the project.