Pensioners at risk of fuel poverty

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MORE than 293,000 North East households are living in fuel poverty, it has been revealed.

 Thousands of Wearsiders are risking their health and wellbeing living in cold, damp conditions, with those over the age of 65 most at risk as fuel bills increase.

 The warning comes from the UK’s fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) who met in the region yesterday with representatives and decision makers from across the industry to discuss the changes in policy and delivery programmes which will affect those who struggle to afford to heat their homes.

 Maria Wardrobe, from NEA said: “The number of households living in fuel poverty in the North East has risen by more than 90,000 since 2007 and is likely to increase further unless we ensure new proposals from Government are targeted at those most vulnerable to the problem.

 “We met with key stakeholders and frontline workers to highlight current and future assistance available for vulnerable customers through the various Government and energy industry schemes including the Warm Home Discount and Carbon Emissions Reduction Target.

 “We will continue to work with Government to ensure that their decisions do take proper account of the need to tackle fuel poverty.”