Fuel poverty - can you afford to heat your home?

As a TV weather presenter who has reported on some the coldest winters experienced in the UK, I am sincerely, very worried for the many thousands of people who won’t be able to heat their homes this year.

Even before this winter’s energy price rises increased the average energy bill by 7%, nearly two-thirds (65%) of people on low incomes surveyed by charity Turn2us said they were unsure whether they could afford heating and electricity without enduring financial hardship this winter.

The Turn2us survey also revealed that at least 7 in 10 (70%) people were unaware of how they might get help, and 4 in 10 (41%) said they would resort to cutting back on essentials such as food if they couldn’t afford to heat their homes.

With recent estimates suggesting that 300,000 more homes will be pushed into fuel poverty this winter, we are urging people to see what help is available as a first port of call if affording bills becomes difficult. Visit www.fuelpovertymap.org.uk, and see what financial help you may be able to get for yourself or loved ones.

Sian Lloyd

ITV Weather Presenter and ambassador for the Turn2us Acting on Fuel Poverty campaign