Emma endorses Surviving Winter appeal to help those in fuel poverty

December 4, 2014

PrintEmma is pleased to endorse the Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter campaign, an initiative that helps to ‘recycle’ Winter Fuel Payments so that they reach the neediest households most in danger of fuel poverty.

The campaign allows pensioners who receive Winter Fuel Payments, but who do not need the money to cover their fuel costs, to donate their payment so it can support other older or vulnerable people. Last year over £1.46m was raised nationally, including £22,000 in Tyne and Wear alone.

People who want to make a donation to Surviving Winter can do so online by clicking here. You can also download a donation form or ring directly on 0191 222 0945.

Nearly a quarter of British households are unable to heat their homes properly, and since 2010 the average energy bill has risen by over £300. The number of households in food poverty has gone up by nearly 50% since David Cameron became Prime Minister. Emma has campaigned heavily on this issue, explaining to the Energy Secretary in Parliament how high fuel bills were causing serious hardship for people in South Shields.

Emma also supports Labour’s plans for an energy price freeze, which will reduce the energy bills of every household and business in Shields until 2017. The average household will save £130 under Labour’s plans.

Emma said:

“Fuel poverty is sadly on the increase under David Cameron, and it’s the poor and the elderly who are most at risk. Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter appeal can help make a real difference and help someone keep their home warm this winter.”

Professor Chris Drinkwater CBE, on behalf of Community Foundation, said:

“Fuel poverty is a vital social issue which can take away the independence of older people, increase debt and in some instances result in death. If you do not need your winter fuel allowance this year then please donate it to Surviving Winter so that we can help those who need our support.”

Latest News