Fuel poverty is where people cannot afford to adequately heat their home to be healthy and comfortable. The Government says that a fuel poor household is one “which needs to spend more than 10% of its household income to achieve a satisfactory heating regime.” Their most recent report in 2009 estimated there were 4 million households in the UK living in fuel poverty in 2006. In some parts of Wirral, every one in three private household lives in fuel poverty.
The consequences of fuel poverty can be serious for many people. In some instances, households “disconnect” themselves from their energy supply as they only have the money to pay for more immediate needs such as food. If people are not heating their home, properties are cold and damp in the winter months and health problems can become much worse.
The Council works with a wide range of agencies, such as the Wirral Fuel Poverty Forum to reduce fuel poverty in the Borough and help those households in need of assistance.