Stockport Council raises awareness of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

Friday 27 November marked Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2020, a day coordinated by National Energy Action which is calling for more support for those struggling to heat their homes.

Local government restrictions have meant more people have to spend time in homes that they may not be able to afford to heat. Many people are spending additional time at home and may need support with how to stay warm and safe; while those who are ill or self-isolating may also have concerns about practical challenges in paying for their energy, particularly if they have a pre-payment meter.

The same health conditions impacted by cold indoor temperatures may place people at greater risk of Coronavirus. For those who are currently self isolating due to Coronavirus, help is available through our Coronavirus helpline for Stockport residents.

Financial support is available and the following website can also help with support and ways to cut your bills:

  • LEAP. The Local Energy Advice Programme is a free energy and money saving advice service. LEAP can help you to save money and to keep your home warm and cosy. If you’re eligible, you will get a FREE home visit from a friendly, qualified Home Energy Advisor. See www.applyforleap.org.uk or call 0800 060 7567 for more details.
  • Warm Homes Fund which is available for those households who have no gas central heating. To check if you qualify, contact LEAP on 0800 060 7567.
  • The Big Clean Switch helps to find out of you could save money on your bills by switching gas and electricity suppliers by visiting the Big Clean Switch website.

Another way to save costs on bills is to make sure your home is winter ready and that your home is energy efficient. Gaps in your doors, windows and floors can let cold air in and warm air out. So, try installing draught excluders on your doors and windows to make the most of the heat in your home.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has a leaflet for older people on how to keep well at home which includes a large number of resources to help and support each other at this time. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service are also offering advice to residents on how to stay warm and healthy during their Safe and Well visits now over the telephone.

Councillor Amanda Peers, Stockport Councils Cabinet Member for Inclusive Neighbourhoods said: “Winter is a tough time of year where fuel costs can add up and this year more people may be affected as they spend more time at home, working or caring for family members.

"Residents may find they have less income than usual for a variety of reasons, it’s important to remember there is lots of help available for those struggling to heat their homes, please don’t be afraid to get in touch."