Local charities invited to learn more about fuel poverty in workshops
BaNES Third Sector Group is partnering with Citizens Advice to run a number of ‘Spotting Fuel Poverty’ workshops for charities in Bath and North East Somerset.
The workshops, which take place in March and April, will help organizations identify who among those they support might be experiencing fuel poverty, and how to offer help through benefits, grants and advice. ‘energy saving.
According to the charity National Energy Action (NEA), the energy price cap increasing by more than 50% from April 1, 2022 will push more than six million people into energy poverty due to an average increase energy costs of almost £700 a year.
In Bath, many families, individuals and seniors are already feeling the pinch and struggling to heat their homes.
Each workshop will cover the following topics;
- How to recognize if someone is in a situation of fuel poverty?
- How can people save money while staying warm and healthy?
- How can people find their way through the maze of available financial aid?
The workshops are held as follows:
- Tuesday March 29 – 2 p.m.-4 p.m. – online event
- Tuesday 12 April – 12pm-2pm – held at 3SG, Fairfield House, 2 Kelston Road, Bath. BA1 3QJ
The workshops are free and funded by Western Power Distribution’s Community Matters fund to tackle fuel poverty in the South West of England.
You can register at: www.bit.ly/3sg-fuel
The BaNES Third Sector Group (3SG) is an independent membership network representing over 170 local charities, social enterprises and community groups in the Bath area and North East Somerset.
3SG offers training, advice, support and networking events as well as personalized advice.
Miles Lloyd, BaNES Third Sector Group Coordinator, said: “The current energy price hikes are a daunting prospect for everyone, but energy poverty can mean real hardship for members of our community who don’t cannot afford to heat their homes or even cook hot meals. .
“We hope that by bringing together local charities at these workshops, we can help reach more community residents who are showing signs of fuel poverty and, in turn, provide practical advice on where to get help. financial and energy-saving tips.”
Sian Francis, Head of Research and Campaigns at Citizens Advice, Bath and North East Somerset, said: ‘We are getting a huge surge in inquiries from people who are worried about how to fund the 50% rise in electricity prices and gas from April 1.
“Some low-income families, individuals and seniors are shockingly faced with the choice between heating and eating.
“As the cost of heating and cooking rises, many low-income people will have to spend at least 40% of their benefits on energy costs, leaving less money to buy food and other necessities. without an increase in income to fund it.
“These workshops couldn’t be more timely, if we don’t act now as a community to support those facing fuel poverty, there is a high risk of illegal loan sharks targeting financially vulnerable people with tempting loans. but not viable.”