Affordable Warmth Charter launched in Wakefield

​Date: 20/10/2016

Ref: PR8380

A new initiative has been launched in Wakefield to help tackle fuel poverty - which affects one in ten private households in the district.

Wakefield Council has teamed up with partners to launch the Affordable Warmth Charter which recognises organisations and services that promote projects helping people to save energy and money. This happens in a variety of ways - including offering insulation, efficient sources of heating and promoting better energy deals.

The Charter Mark is being awarded to recognise services and organisations in the district that are helping to tackle fuel poverty.

Cllr  Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills, said: "With the weather turning cooler it is very important that residents have access to the information and advice they need to heat their homes through the winter. By launching the Affordable Warmth Charter, the Affordable Warmth Partnership are hoping to make people more aware of the help that is available to them so that everyone benefits from the most efficient ways to heat their homes."

 The following organisations have signed-up to the Charter:

•                   Wakefield Council

•                   Utility companies - E.ON and Scottish Power

•                   Groundwork Trust

•                   WDH – Energy Efficiency Team and Cash Wise Project

•                   Leeds City Credit Union

Over the coming months the Charter will be rolled out and the aim is that any organisations that have a role to play in tackling fuel poverty can sign-up and become members of the partnership.

For more information call 03449 020222 or email eat@wakefield.gov.uk

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