New campaign to help families in fuel poverty

A new project designed to help families in fuel poverty has been launched. ‘Keeping Kids Cosy’ aims to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable families with young children by […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A new project designed to help families in fuel poverty has been launched.

‘Keeping Kids Cosy’ aims to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable families with young children by providing advice about energy savings and switching suppliers, access to small grants for efficiency measures and assistance with personal finance.

It has been launched by the National Energy Foundation (NEN) and funded by ScottishPower Energy People’s Trust. It will work across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

The campaign is looking for help from any business and organisation that can provide energy efficiency house-warming hampers such as LED lightbulbs, energy monitors, powerdown plugs and radiator foils among others.

It is also offering free training to frontline staff who work with families in fuel poverty to explore how to identify and reduce this issue.

Matt Neal, a Project Officer at the NEF said: “Faced with stagnating income, rising fuel bills and various household priorities, looking after their children’s health and wellbeing is a daily struggle for many parents. We’re proud that we’ve got this opportunity to expand our current services to families who are deeply in need.”