Wealden Council is launching a five-year affordable warmth strategy to help people on low and fixed incomes and there is chance to give your views on it.
The strategy includes:
- Identifying households mosts in need of help and targeting support there
- Providing advice about energy from renewable sources
- Promoting understanding of energy efficiency in schools
- Establishing a multi-agency Affordable Warmth Steering Group
A 12-week consultation is being held and if you would like to see the full strategy it can be found on the Wealden Council website.
“The cost of fuel, especially from carbon-based sources is going up and up,” said Cllr Graham Wells. “The reality is that some people living in Wealden are finding it difficult to afford to heat their homes and eat sufficiently to stay alive.”
Mr Wells said he was particularly concerned about older people on fixed incomes living in poorly insulated houses.
“There are over 6,000 households in Wealden in fuel poverty which means more than ten per cent of their income is spent on fuel costs.
“Many homes in the countryside are reliant on heating oil and nearly 10,000 private houses are poorly insulated, mainly due to their older, solid walls.”
The council is hoping that through the Government's Green Deal it will be able to work with energy suppliers to keep residents warm over winter without the financial worries.
In 2011-2016 nearly 42,000 energy efficiency measures were undertaken in Wealden and the council wants to build on the success of that work.