Challenge Poverty Week 2020
5th October marks the start of the annual Challenge Poverty Week. Simply keeping warm in winter is a challenge for many people in Fife, who are already struggling to afford increasing and expensive fuel bills. In addition, the cold winter months threaten ill health and isolation.
Energy Advisor Michael has recorded a video discussing Challenge Poverty Week and how Cosy Kingdom helps households in Fife struggling to heat their homes affordably.
31% of households in Fife are classed as living in fuel poverty, spending more than 10% of their annual income trying to heat their homes. This can mean choosing between cooking hot meals and heating their homes.
Most people would be unlikely to identify themselves as being in fuel poverty, they’re more likely to think:
- I can’t pay my gas bill / top up my meter
- I can’t afford to turn on the heating
- My home is always damp or cold
- I’m always ill
The causes for these can be complex, however fuel poverty can be due to:
- Low income
- High fuel costs
- Energy inefficient homes
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we’ve been unable to do any of our usual events or workshops this year. However, we are still offering these online. If you would like to know more about how we could help your participants, we can provide tailored talks and training to staff on our service or we’d be happy to drop-in to a team meeting and give an update. We can also deliver talks, Q&A sessions or drop-in advice sessions for participants and groups where they can meet our advisors and get support. You can find out more here.
How Cosy Kingdom help
We give free and impartial advice to help you find practical and affordable ways to save energy and control your bills. Our advisors make over 2,000 home energy advice visits each year, helping people out of fuel poverty and tackling carbon emissions. Due to COVID-19 we’ve had to adapt and offer advice by telephone instead.
We’ve also got a range of advice videos available on our new YouTube channel, you can find them all here.
If you live in Fife, Cosy Kingdom is here to help. Our friendly, knowledgeable advisors can advise anyone living in the kingdom, regardless of whether you own your home, rent from the council, privately or from a housing association. We can help you find solutions to help you manage your fuel costs and stay warm at home.
Book a call back by getting in touch via our online booking form. You can also call the office directly on 01592 807930.|