What is it?
There are many reasons why people can find it hard to pay their fuel bills and these often become more pressing when the weather gets colder.
You might hear this referred to as 'fuel poverty'. Fuel poverty can happen because of:
• Low income
• Expensive or inefficient heating systems
• High fuel costs
• Poor quality of housing
• Lack of insulation in your home
It is a fact that people’s inability to heat their homes adequately can have a direct impact on their health. People living in cold, damp homes, which are inadequately heated, tend to be more susceptible to a range of common illnesses such as colds and flu, with elderly people and young children being particularly at risk to more serious conditions.
How you can get help
If you think you are living in fuel poverty or know someone who is, there are things you can do if you are worried about keeping warm and paying your bills.
To seek advice and information about the support available call Sefton Council affordable warmth service on 0151 934 4705/4436 or the local Energy Advice line managed by the charity EPPlus Freephone 0800 043 0151. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Alternatively you can complete the online referral form below to request assistance.