MORE help is on the way for Huddersfield people who need to keep their homes warm.
The Affordable Warmth Strategy has been officially launched by Kirklees Council at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.
And there could be help on the way for up to 40,000 homes across Kirklees, where householders have problems in paying their bills.
Organisations taking part attended the event to sign a pledge to support each other in helping Kirklees residents heat their homes more affordably.
They included Clr Robert Light, Leader of Kirklees Council; Kirklees Council officers; Age Concern; the Pensions Service; Kirklees Primary Care Trust; West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service; Kirklees Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations; Scottish Power; Powergen; and National Energy Action.
It is estimated that between 35,000 and 45,000 households in Kirklees cannot afford to pay their energy bills and heat their homes properly.
There are many reasons for this including:
The way many British homes are built means they are not well insulated and easily lose heat
Rising energy prices
Many people are on low incomes and do not claim the financial support, allowances and benefits which they are entitled to.
The Affordable Warmth Strategy brings together partners from statutory, voluntary and community organisations as well as the private sector to work towards eradicating fuel poverty.
Clr Light said: “Kirklees Council has worked hard to build strong partnerships with local agencies to help provide practical support and advice to our residents on how to achieve affordable warmth in their homes.
“We and our partners take this very seriously and this is why Kirklees Council has committed itself to providing free loft and cavity wall insulation through Kirklees Warm Zone to every household, along with many other initiatives in the Affordable Warmth Strategy.”
For more information contact the Energy Efficiency Advice Centre on 0800 0527496 firstname.lastname@example.org or Kirklees Warm Zone on 0800 0520071