Northampton Borough Council has launched its first Affordable Warmth Strategy to help alleviate fuel poverty and tackle home energy efficiencies in Northampton. This strategy is in its draft stages and we are looking for your views on how to shape it. This piece of work is so important due to recent announcements from energy providers increasing their tariffs. This has a significant impact on our residents; as it could push them into fuel poverty. A household is considered to be in fuel poverty if it needs to spend more than 10% of its income on fuel to maintain an adequate level of warmth. The links between ill health, poor housing and fuel poverty are well documented.
Portfolio holder for Housing, Councillor Christopher Malpas said: "Although in the past we have worked hard to improve the energy efficiency of homes and support vulnerable households, there are still people in Northampton who cannot achieve affordable warmth in their homes and with rising energy bills, the number of people affected is likely to increase.
"We want to make sure homes in Northampton are free from cold and damp, and as a result improve the well- being of our residents. "We want to hear from as many residents as possible as this is your opportunity to shape the strategy and help us to help you." We need to ensure a joined up approach to fuel poverty to guarantee that fewer households experience this.