East Lindsey District Council is supporting Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2012, a national campaign which aims to highlight the help available to people living in a cold, damp home.
The Council works to help householders in East Lindsey overcome the issues of fuel poverty which is caused by high energy costs, poorly insulated homes and low incomes.
Patricia Sumner, Sustainability Development Officer, said, “Living in a cold damp home can lead to extremely poor health, especially in those who are vulnerable such as older people, young children whose immune system has not yet fully developed and those with long terms sickness and disabilities.
“It is important that people know that there are schemes in place to help them, and to ensure they are keeping warm and healthy throughout the winter period and for as long as the cold weather lasts.
“Fuel Poverty Awareness day is about acknowledging the issues, helping people to understand the links between fuel poverty and poor health, and making them aware of the help that is available to ensue they are kept warm and well.
“The most important message is that there is help out there for vulnerable households. I urge everyone who is concerned about their fuel bill to contact the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512012, their energy supplier or the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to access help and advice on staying warm when it is cold without the fear of fuel debt and ill health.”