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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is supporting a national day to raise awareness of the plight of those struggling to heat their homes affordably.

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day takes place on 27 February and is run by charity National Energy Action. Around 4.5 million households in the UK are estimated to be living in fuel poverty, unable to heat their homes to the level needed to stay warm and comfortable in their homes.

MP Rosie said:
“Fuel poverty is a serious problem, affecting around 11% of households in the Northwest , but there are a range of actions that people can take to make their energy bills more affordable.

“This includes making your home more energy efficient and checking to see if you are eligible for any discounts on your electricity bills or financial assistance with heating or insulation improvements.

“I would urge anyone worried about meeting their energy costs to contact the independent Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99.”

Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs at NEA said:
“Our charity knows all too well the horrifying reality of the current ‘heat or eat’ debate and we welcome the support of Rosie Cooper MP to help tackle this problem in West Lancashire.

“It is vital that anyone working with vulnerable and low-income householders is able to identify and assist those who may be in fuel poverty, and we have launched a new version of our popular Fuel Poverty Action Guide to support them through this process and ensure that help reaches those most in need.”

Rosie has previously encouraged residents in West Lancashire to access the Home Heat Helpline over the winter months.

For further information on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day and to order copies of the Fuel Poverty Action Guide visit www.nea.org.uk.

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