Recognising National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

Southampton City Council’s projects have brought 1,200 homes out of fuel poverty in the last 5 years

On National Fuel Poverty Day, Friday 15 February, Southampton City Council and Southampton Healthy Homes reiterate their commitment to residents' energy needs by providing advice, support and competitively priced gas and green electricity. National Energy Action’s Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is recognised nationally to highlight the problems faced by those struggling to keep warm in their homes and the work being undertaken to tackle the issue.

Fuel poverty is caused by a combination of low household income, inefficient housing and high energy costs. It can affect the mental and physical health of those living in cold homes and have serious impacts on their quality of life.

Steve Leggett, Cabinet Member for Green City, said: "Fuel poverty affects many in our city. Residents shouldn't have to choose between heating or eating.

"As part of the first stage of our plan to regenerate homes in Townhill Park, we've provided six family homes at Roundhill Close with energy-efficient heating systems that are already signed up to CitizEn Energy, Southampton City Council’s ethical energy company."

Adam Goulden, Chief Executive, The Environment Centre and Southampton Healthy Homes, said: "Everyone should be able to live in a warm and comfortable home that does not negatively affect their health and wellbeing. It’s great that we’ve been able to help so many vulnerable residents over the past year, but there is still lots to do to make this a reality for all fuel poor households. We will continue to work with our partners to support those households most in need."

Residents can get free advice on staying warm in their homes this winter from Southampton Healthy Homes, by calling 0800 804 8601 or email keepwarm@environmentcentre.com