Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara Gets A Warm Welcome As National Campaign For Warm Homes Hots Up

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Barbara has visited the home of a constituent that has benefitted from the government's Warm Homes grant, and has had a brand new heating system installed as a result.

Barbara's visit is part of the Warm Homes Campaign, the annual winter campaign organised by energy efficiency charity National Energy Action. The campaign aims to cut the number of excess winter deaths and reduce cold-related illnesses by raising awareness of the help available to people who cannot afford to heat their homes in winter.

Barbara is one of 60 MPs, Members of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly Members around the country supporting the Warm Homes Campaign by visiting constituents to learn first hand how energy efficiency measures can provide affordable warmth and spell the end of cold, damp homes. Constituents like John Chadwick of Higher Folds estate.

Until recently Mr Chadwick and his family spent every winter in a cold home with only a coal fire. Luckily, he heard about Warm Front, the Government funded grant programme managed by Eaga Partnership Ltd, and contacted the helpline for advice. Through the scheme, Mr Chadwick received gas central heating and low energy lightbulbs. Now the whole house is a much warmer and more comfortable place to be and Mr Chadwick’s fuel bills are still reasonable too.

Barbara said:

“Families need to be able to afford adequate heat. We need to tackle homes with inadequate heating or poor energy efficiency standards. No one should have to spend the winter in a cold home simply because they can’t afford to put the heating on, that is why I am supporting the Warm Homes Campaign and an end to fuel poverty for all my constituents.”

One in 10 UK households are unable to afford to heat their homes to adequate levels. Cold homes affect people’s health and well being and are linked to cardiovascular illnesses such as heart disease and strokes, and respiratory illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis. The elderly, families with young children, people with disabilities and others on low incomes are especially at risk from the dangers of cold homes.

There are an average 50 excess winter deaths* linked to cold homes every year in Worsley. This year, higher fuel prices and the coldest winter for eight years could push the figure much higher.

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