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Sefton Council remind residents of support ahead of energy price rises

With energy price rises set to rise next month, Sefton Council is using Warm Homes Week to remind Borough’s residents about the support available.

From Friday 1st October, the national price cap on energy prices will increase, meaning bills could go up by around £100 annually for the average household.

Fearing these increases, combined with the Government cutting people’s Universal Credit allowance by £20 per week and other price rises, may leave some Sefton families struggling to heat their homes, the Council is highlighting the avenues of support available in Sefton.

Families on low incomes can contact the Council’s Affordable Warmth Team at energy@sefton.gov.uk or on 0151 934 2222 for assistance and advice on a range of topics. These include first time gas central heating, cavity wall insulation, boiler replacements, loft insulation, fuel debt and tariffs.

Smart meters are also available to all homes to help families monitor their energy use. It can help households to find ways to reduce energy waste around the home and save money. For example, households can save approximately £35 per year just by remembering to turn appliances off standby.

During October and November Sefton Council, in partnership with older people’s project, Sefton OPERA, will be hosting two Keep Warm, Keep Well Events in Bootle and Southport. Aimed at people aged 50 and over these Events are designed to ensure these older people are aware of the support available to them this winter. For more information contact Sefton OPERA on 0151 330 0479.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said:

“Warm Homes Week could not have come at better time this year as families in Sefton, many of them working, look set to face a double whammy of energy price rises and a cut to their Universal Credit allowance.

“No one should have to face winter in a cold home or choose between being warm or eating, yet this could be the reality that some families are facing this year.

“This will be a disaster for those families, many of whom are already struggling to make ends meet and who now face added pressure on their finances due to rising energy bills.

“I want to reassure people in Sefton that our Affordable Warmth Team are here to help. We can help towards heating your home more efficiently, making your bills more affordable. The team are there to make sure that no one in Sefton should have to choose between food on the table or heating their home.”

Taking place in the UK from Monday 27th to Thursday 30th September, Warm Homes Week aims to raise awareness of measures to make your home more energy efficient and cheaper to heat as winter approaches. Not only do these measures save energy but they also save money, so the planet and people’s pocket are heathier.