New funding to help Sheffield people in fuel poverty

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New funding of £163,000 will be used by Sheffield Council to help people struggling to heat their homes.

The money will pay for advice services and work to link them with about 1,000 people who are most in need.

The council says an estimated 34,000 households – out of 230,000 in Sheffield – are living in fuel poverty where they have to make decisions between keeping warm or eating regularly.

Vulnerable residents will be given support to help them lower their energy bills, in particular families with young children, the elderly, adults living alone and those on low incomes.

Coun Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for communities and public health, said living in fuel or food poverty could have a ‘massive impact on people’s health and well-being.’

In total, £105,000 of the funding will be used by South Yorkshire Energy Centre to help people reduce their fuel bills and energy use.

Shelly McDonald, centre manager, said: “We provide people with really practical advice and support to help them get their energy bills down and make them more affordable.

“Small changes at home can make a huge difference to people’s bills and wellbeing.”