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Thousands of Sheffielder’s in fuel poverty

Paul Blomfield MP receives a 'Cold Homes' campaign scarf from Ed Matthew, the director of the Energy Bill Revolution.

Paul Blomfield MP receives a 'Cold Homes' campaign scarf from Ed Matthew, the director of the Energy Bill Revolution.

Nearly 45,000 households in Sheffield have been left shivering in fuel poverty, new figures have revealed.

Age UK says vulnerable elderly people are at risk of dying if homes are too cold.

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield is among local MPs to join the ‘Energy Bill Revolution’, which calls on the Government to commit to a major programme of investment to make homes more energy efficient.

Campaigners say efficiency improvements would result in warmer homes, lower bills and lift 90 per cent of homes out of fuel poverty.

Mr Blomfield said: “It’s a national scandal that over seven million people in the UK and 8,770 in my constituency are living in fuel poverty, and often having to make the choice between heating and eating.

“The Government should listen to the 180 organisations backing Cold Homes Week and invest to insulate cold homes and make them more energy efficient.”

Fuel poverty is when a household is below the poverty line and has energy bills higher than average.

An Age UK Sheffield spokeswoman said: “Behind the Sheffield statistics lie many stories of real human suffering as people face the misery of being unable to afford to keep adequately warm. Cold homes pose a serious risk to people’s health, increasing costs to health and care services to treat worsened cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, and contribute to the high numbers of older people we see dying over the winter months.”

Fuel poverty figures

Constituency and number of households living in fuel poverty:

Sheffield South East – 6,486

Sheffield Central – 8,770

Sheffield Hallam – 6,427

Sheffield Heeley – 7,671

Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough – 8,989

Penistone and Stocksbridge – 6,416

Total: 44,759

 

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