The issue of fuel poverty in rural areas has been highlighted by Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith.
During Energy and Climate Change Questions, Sir Alan told Energy Secretary Ed Davey that some of the worst fuel poverty was in rural areas where there was no mains gas.
“Is my right hon. Friend going to introduce some targeted measures to help these vulnerable groups?” he asked.
Responding, Mr Davey said that there was a key group of people who needed help. “That is what we will be doing very soon when we produce our draft fuel poverty strategy,” he said.
Meanwhile Derek Russell, low carbon officer at Berwick Community Trust, is urging residents to take a look at their energy tariffs. “There is considerable scope for some people to reduce their energy bills, especially if you are one of the people who used to benefit from a lower cost social tariff that has now ended,” he said.
“In the last fortnight I have helped several people facing increases between £180 and £400 per year to find better deals. If you are daunted by the prospect and feel the hassle and stress is just not worth it please think again.”
For help reducing energy bills contact Derek Russell on 01289 303366.