In Easington alone 4217 households are believed to be in fuel poverty.
Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is a national campaign to highlight the problem of fuel poverty, which currently sees over four million households unable to afford the energy they need to stay warm and healthy in their homes. It is a particular problem for those in low incomes living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat.
For every 1,000 Easington homes, on average 87 received support from the main national energy efficiency programme despite all households paying for the policy through their energy bill.
Living in a cold damp home can lead to extremely poor health, especially in those who are vulnerable such as older people, young children, and those with long term sickness and disabilities.
There are at least 1188 excess winter deaths in North East every year, NEA believes 30% of these were attributed to cold homes. This is also placing a huge strain on our already stretched health services.
More needs to be done nationally, however I know that there is excellent work going on in my constituency and across the UK to tackle this issue, and I look forward to working alongside others in the community to help raise awareness of the problem and the solutions available.
Jenny Saunders OBE, Chief Executive of National Energy Action commented: Fuel poverty is a serious problem and one that we cannot tackle alone. I am delighted that Grahame is supporting the campaign and helping to ensure that his constituents can live warm, healthy and happy lives.
National Energy Action is the national fuel poverty charity, working across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure everyone can afford to stay warm in their homes.
For more information visit www.nea.org.uk