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Warm welcome for fuel poverty results
Wednesday 19th May, 2010

Wigan is getting warmer.

Not only that but thanks to the council and its partners more people are using smarter, greener methods of heating and insulating their homes to cut their bills.

Each year Wigan, like other areas across the country, is measured on how well it is doing on reducing ‘fuel poverty’ amongst residents.

Fuel poverty is determined by the number of households in the borough that spend more than 10 per cent of their income on keeping their homes warm.

The figures are measured through a survey of 20,000 homes in the borough undertaken by the Greater Manchester Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre.

The survey looks at the number of households in the borough claiming income related benefits who have installed energy efficiency measures, such as loft and cavity wall insulation, to help keep the heat and money in.

This year’s survey has found that just 3.84 per cent of those surveyed did not have good energy efficiency measures. This compares to 5.11 per cent last year. While 38.87 per cent of those surveyed have high energy efficiency. This compares to 35.04 per cent for last year.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion for the Environment, Cllr David Molyneux, says: “We’re working hard to make fuel poverty a thing of the past and it’s pleasing to see the figures are heading in the right direction.

“These results have been achieved because we have successfully promoted the various grants and discount schemes available to private homeowners to help theme insulate their homes.

“At the same time our partners in Wigan and Leigh Housing have replaced thousands of old inefficient gas central heating boilers and have installed external insulation in the high-rise blocks occupied by more than 600 residents.

“Measures such as these are not only good for families but are good for the environment and we are committed to continue to work to drive the fuel poverty figures down even further."

Wigan Council’s Private Sector Housing Manager Anees Mank adds: “This work is set to continue this year in both private and social housing.

“As part of a region-wide initiative we are constantly looking at new and innovative ways to reduce energy consumption and create greater value for money.

“Wigan is leading the way in this regard and we will work hard to continue to do this.”

For more information on improving home energy efficiency in Wigan visit www.wigan.gov.uk/psh

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