Julie Elliott

Standing up for Sunderland Central

Thousands live in fuel poverty in Sunderland

Wearside MP Julie Elliott today pledged to help end the “cold homes” crisis.

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Julie, who represents Sunderland Central, is supporting National Energy Action’s Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on February 17 – by pledging to do more to tackle the issue.

“Living in a cold damp home can lead to extremely poor health, especially in those who are vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with long term sickness,” she said.

Statistics show more than four million households nationally can’t afford to heat their homes properly –  a fact that Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is designed to highlight.

“Keeping warm during the winter is a particular problem for those in low incomes living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat,” said Ms Elliott.

“But, not only does fuel poverty cause misery for millions, it also places a huge strain on our already stretched health services.

“In my constituency alone, more than 6,000 households – almost 15% of residents – are believed to be living in fuel poverty.

“I look forward to working alongside others in the community to help raise awareness of the problem and the solutions available.”

Jenny Saunders OBE, Chief Executive of National Energy Action, stated: “Fuel poverty is a serious problem and one that we cannot tackle alone.

“I am delighted that Julie is supporting the campaign and helping to ensure that her constituents can live warm, healthy and happy lives.

** National Energy Action is the national fuel poverty charity, working across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure everyone can afford to stay warm in their homes. For more information visit www.nea.org.uk

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