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  • Call to support charity’s campaign against fuel poverty

    Henry James

    A NATIONAL charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services is calling on the residents of Lancashire to back its No Cold Homes fuel poverty campaign.

    Despite more than 180,000 households in the county receiving the Winter Fuel Payment to help with energy costs last winter, Turn2us says that many will still cut back on heating their home this year because they are struggling financially.

    Now the charity is asking people in Lancashire to help raise awareness of the help that is available for those struggling to heat their homes by sharing images of themselves in woolly clothes on social media with the hashtag #ShowUsYourWoolly, alongside the campaign hashtag #NoColdHomes.

    The campaign, which has received huge support on social media, is raising awareness that many energy suppliers offer support towards winter energy bills to certain customers, such as those on low incomes, and that some energy suppliers have charitable trusts to help certain customers who are struggling with their energy bills.

    Research carried out by the charity found that 52% of those looking for support were unaware that such help was available.

    Turn2us is running the campaign to highlight the extent to which people are struggling to keep their home warm this winter and to raise awareness of the support that is available.

    A survey of more than 4,000 people who went to Turn2us for support found that it was causing stress and worry for one in five, while one in six were cutting back on food to pay their energy bills.

    Kathie Clarke, who leads the vulnerable customer work at Turn2us, said: “When cold weather comes it is essential that those who are worried about the cost of heating their home are made aware of the help that is available.

    “I would ask people to support our campaign to help raise awareness and make sure that more people get the help they so desperately need.”

    Information about help that is available for those struggling with energy costs can be found at the charity’s website www.turn2us.org.uk.

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