New advice in Cornwall on Fuel Poverty Day

By Cornish Times in Utilities

Citizens Advice Cornwall has launched new advice to help rural households who are not on mains gas supply avoid the risks of fuel poverty.

Householders who are off-gas usually rely on electric heating, heating oil, LPG or solid fuels, such as wood, coal or coke.

The top tips are part of the charity’s Rural Energy Campaign, and have been issued to mark Fuel Poverty Awareness Day today.

The organisation says that according to official statistics, the Isles of Scilly (20.4%) and Cornwall (14.9%) are the worst and eighth worst areas in England for fuel poverty.

This happens when a household’s required fuel costs are above the national average and if they were to spend that amount, the money they were left with would tip them below the official poverty line.

New research by Citizens Advice shows off-gas households are more likely to be in fuel poverty than those on mains gas supply. A quarter of off-gas households in England are in fuel poverty compared to 10% of those using mains gas.

Chief executive Neil Colquhoun, said: ’Many homes in rural parts of Cornwall, and the whole of the Isles of Scilly, are not connected to the mains gas supply.

’This can mean that heating costs are more expensive and can be a drain on the household income.

’Our advice offers people ways of reducing their costs by taking some simple steps whilst still keeping their homes warm.’

The new advice is contained in a booklet which also gives helpful information about the benefits and help you are entitled to, such as the Government’s Winter Fuel Payment for pensioners, the Cold Weather Payment and the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

The Citizens Advice Rural Energy Booklet is available by e-mailing mail@cabcornwall.org.uk with your name and postal address or write to Rural Energy Booklet, Citizens Advice Cornwall, The Community Centre, South Terrace, Camborne TR14 8SU.

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