Published: 27th Jan 2020

Portsmouth City Council has received funding to help 4,000 of its residents get out of fuel poverty. The £170,000 grant comes from the charity the Environment Centre as part of its Energy Redress Scheme and is the latest in £7.4m of grants awarded to the council over the last two years to tackle fuel poverty and provide energy efficiency initiatives to residents. Fuel poverty is a major issue in the city as around 12% of households cannot afford to keep their homes adequately warm, compared with the national average rate of 10.9%. The grant will allow the council to reach out to vulnerable and disadvantaged communities to reduce their risk of fuel poverty and support them to stay warm and well in their homes. It will also enable fuel-poor households to receive an in-depth and extended home-visit service, covering free fuel top-ups to a dedicated energy advice phone line. This … (To read the full article, subscribe below)