One in five Bolton families living in 'fuel poverty'

One in five Bolton families living in 'fuel poverty'

One in five Bolton families living in 'fuel poverty'

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FUEL poverty will affect one in five Bolton families this winter.

New figures have revealed that 13,675 households in the town are expected to struggle to heat their homes.

Bolton’s Age UK says the figures come as no surprise and called for older people especially to be offered help with energy charges.

Gareth Evans, the chief officer at Age UK in Bolton, said: “Fuel poverty is a major issue for a lot of older people.

“We believe charges should be capped for older people and, indeed, certain other users.

“The regulator should reduce the profits recorded by the companies so tariffs are made more affordable.

“A fifth of Bolton households in fuel poverty is not surprising as older people spend an awful lot of their income on keeping their homes warm.”

He called for Ofgem, the organisation which regulates energy providers, to introduce a strict cap on energy prices.

A household is defined as being in fuel poverty when it must spend so much on heating that its remaining income takes it below the official poverty line.

Council bosses urged people to be prepared for cold weather this winter — and to make sure they get help if they cannot afford to heat their homes.

A council spokesman said: “The number one tip for winter is to be prepared.

“We advise people to use a room thermometer, stock up on tinned and frozen foods, have at least one hot meal a day and plenty of hot drinks.

“Residents should also consider draft-proofing their homes and checking with the council to see if they are eligible for winter weather payment, cold weather payment or warm homes discount.”

Late last year the Government struck a deal to cut green levies for energy companies.

Since then, all of the “big six” energy companies have passed on the savings with E.ON, EDF, SSE, British Gas, Scottish Power and npower all cutting their planned price rises.

But Bolton North East MP David Crausby says not enough is being done to protect hard up families when it comes to heating their homes.

The Labour Party, which has released the figures, claims the average family fuel bill has gone up by £300 a year since the coalition government came to power in May, 2010.

And since 2010, Scottish Power, nPower, EDF Energy, Scottish and Southern Energy, E.ON UK and Centrica's British Gas have recorded total profit increases of £3.3 billion — more than £1 billion per year.

Labour has promised to freeze energy prices for 20 months if it is elected next year.

Mr Crausby said: “I’ve spoken to many people who are terrified about the winter because they are struggling to heat their homes.

“This is not a car or a big TV we are talking about, this is something people cannot live without so prices must be fair.”

People are also urged to check on vulnerable neighbours, keep a supply of salt or sand handy to help grit icy paths, and wear plenty of layers and shoes with a good grip.

For more information on how to save money and stay warm during the winter, visit bolton.gov.uk/website/Pages/Energyefficiencyinthehome.aspx

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11:32am Sat 11 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

It costs as much to heat a house for one person as it does if there are several people living in it. In fact, it probably costs more as several people generate their own body heat, so to speak. I think older people would manage their heating better if they knew exactly how much per day it was costing to heat their home. Younger people on low incomes also need to be considered. The problem is of course is that you can get help with anything if you are on this benefit or that benefit - but many people are just above the cut-off point and struggle just the same. PS Bolton News - draft-proofing is actually draught-proofing.
It costs as much to heat a house for one person as it does if there are several people living in it. In fact, it probably costs more as several people generate their own body heat, so to speak. I think older people would manage their heating better if they knew exactly how much per day it was costing to heat their home. Younger people on low incomes also need to be considered. The problem is of course is that you can get help with anything if you are on this benefit or that benefit - but many people are just above the cut-off point and struggle just the same. PS Bolton News - draft-proofing is actually draught-proofing. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 25

11:44am Sat 11 Jan 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Not N.I.C.E. Britain - No Country for Old People.

Starved to death,
Dehydrated to death,
Frozen to death,
Isolated to death,
And now neglected to death,

- by Mr Cameron's pals in the pharmaceutical industry.

Christian Country Mr. Cameron? Don't make me laugh.
Not N.I.C.E. Britain - No Country for Old People. Starved to death, Dehydrated to death, Frozen to death, Isolated to death, And now neglected to death, - by Mr Cameron's pals in the pharmaceutical industry. Christian Country Mr. Cameron? Don't make me laugh. Puffin-Billy
  • Score: 22

11:57am Sat 11 Jan 14

thomas222 says...

Cut all overseas aid to Countrys to that dont need it to start with..... come on UKIP!
Cut all overseas aid to Countrys to that dont need it to start with..... come on UKIP! thomas222
  • Score: 24

3:56pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VIGILANTE VIC says...

I HOPE UKIP ARE ELECTED SOONER RATHER THAN LATER- MIND YOU IT WOULD BE 40 YEARS TOO LATE IMO :-)

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I HOPE UKIP ARE ELECTED SOONER RATHER THAN LATER- MIND YOU IT WOULD BE 40 YEARS TOO LATE IMO :-) ____________________ _____ I added cool smileys to this message... if you don't see them go to: http://s.exps.me VIGILANTE VIC
  • Score: 1

12:33am Sun 12 Jan 14

bwfc58 says...

I will be voting UKIP from now on and so are all my friends and there friends because we are all sick of the 3 main parties if that is what I can call them they every year give billions of pounds to other countries and yes that is so very true billions of pounds every year and yet so many people in this once great country or should i not say English people have to struggle come on you lot wake up do not vote for any of the three main parties vote UKIP from now on and let get our country out of Europe and close our boarders and kick anyone out that should not be here UKIP will do that because the British people have just about had enough and about time to
I will be voting UKIP from now on and so are all my friends and there friends because we are all sick of the 3 main parties if that is what I can call them they every year give billions of pounds to other countries and yes that is so very true billions of pounds every year and yet so many people in this once great country or should i not say English people have to struggle come on you lot wake up do not vote for any of the three main parties vote UKIP from now on and let get our country out of Europe and close our boarders and kick anyone out that should not be here UKIP will do that because the British people have just about had enough and about time to bwfc58
  • Score: 5

8:30am Sun 12 Jan 14

angus macoatup says...

bwfc58 wrote:
I will be voting UKIP from now on and so are all my friends and there friends because we are all sick of the 3 main parties if that is what I can call them they every year give billions of pounds to other countries and yes that is so very true billions of pounds every year and yet so many people in this once great country or should i not say English people have to struggle come on you lot wake up do not vote for any of the three main parties vote UKIP from now on and let get our country out of Europe and close our boarders and kick anyone out that should not be here UKIP will do that because the British people have just about had enough and about time to
spot on
[quote][p][bold]bwfc58[/bold] wrote: I will be voting UKIP from now on and so are all my friends and there friends because we are all sick of the 3 main parties if that is what I can call them they every year give billions of pounds to other countries and yes that is so very true billions of pounds every year and yet so many people in this once great country or should i not say English people have to struggle come on you lot wake up do not vote for any of the three main parties vote UKIP from now on and let get our country out of Europe and close our boarders and kick anyone out that should not be here UKIP will do that because the British people have just about had enough and about time to[/p][/quote]spot on angus macoatup
  • Score: 0

9:47pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Oldhampal says...

Why is Bolton South MP travelling the world sticking her nose in affairs not our responsibility the British Empire Is long gone , we do not rule the worl, we have our own people in fuel poverty, one trip abroad cost more than the annual cost to keep one fuel poverty household warm. Do we need 3 members of parliament? Let's keep the guy from North East that's Bolton North East not the Middle East. Give the other two something to do I.e look for real work, their wages will sort a few fuel poverty cases. We don't want ukip right wingers, we don't want passivist liberals and we don't want pretend socialist, we want someone to represent the third class citizens created by the current 3 party system that has haunted us since Tory yes Tory Blaire wrecked the Labour movement.
Why is Bolton South MP travelling the world sticking her nose in affairs not our responsibility the British Empire Is long gone , we do not rule the worl, we have our own people in fuel poverty, one trip abroad cost more than the annual cost to keep one fuel poverty household warm. Do we need 3 members of parliament? Let's keep the guy from North East that's Bolton North East not the Middle East. Give the other two something to do I.e look for real work, their wages will sort a few fuel poverty cases. We don't want ukip right wingers, we don't want passivist liberals and we don't want pretend socialist, we want someone to represent the third class citizens created by the current 3 party system that has haunted us since Tory yes Tory Blaire wrecked the Labour movement. Oldhampal
  • Score: 3

8:35am Mon 13 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

Do people actually believe that the poorest people will be better off under UKIP.

If you look at comments left on their facebook page most people say things like "Stop all Benefits, stop all state pensions, make people work for benefits, make strikes illegal"..

If you think things are bad under the Tories it would be worse under UKIP, UKIP really do want to back to Victorian values which we faught to defeat"

UKIP has a new patron Saint, "Enoch Powell"
Do people actually believe that the poorest people will be better off under UKIP. If you look at comments left on their facebook page most people say things like "Stop all Benefits, stop all state pensions, make people work for benefits, make strikes illegal".. If you think things are bad under the Tories it would be worse under UKIP, UKIP really do want to back to Victorian values which we faught to defeat" UKIP has a new patron Saint, "Enoch Powell" Jim271
  • Score: 1

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