Residents invited to event focusing on how to address fuel poverty in St Helens

Poor housing stock, together with low incomes and rising unemployment have left a bleak outlook for many people living in the UK.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 2:57 pm
Updated Friday, 5th March 2021, 3:00 pm
Marie Rimmer MP

In these colder months, some of the most vulnerable people living in fuel poverty are struggling to keep their homes warm.

Under the current Green Homes Grant, the government has pledged £3bn spending to implement energy efficiency measures. But, what does this mean on the ground in St Helens?

National climate charity Hope for the Future and local social enterprise Energy Projects Plus who operate a free and impartial advice line available to residents in Merseyside have joined forces to organise an exciting free event in order to tackle these questions, ‘Building for the Future: It starts with St Helens’.

The event will bring together experts, politicians, campaigners and community members from across St Helens to unpack the issue of fuel poverty and explore the current barriers to action in addressing this issue.

Local MPs Marie Rimmer and Conor McGinn will be joining to answer questions from constituents, as well a range of other exciting guest speakers including,

Sarah Longlands - Director, IPPR North

Philip Box - Public Affairs and Policy Officer, UK Green Building Council

Peter Owen - Chief Executive, Energy Projects Plus

Paul Harding - Director, Prestige Skills

Annie Merry - Director, Faiths for Change

Marie Rimmer MP who will be attending the event, said: "The world is changing before our eyes. The impact of climate change is undeniable and our country and our community needs to be ready for it. As an island nation, it is set to have a bigger impact on us first.

"During times of hardship, too many people are having to choose between keeping the heating on and getting food on the table. This makes winter a real worrying time.

"Solving the issue of fuel poverty is a complex one. That is why I am so looking forward to hearing the contribution of the speakers at the event’."

Emma Stevens, Events Officer at Hope for the Future said#: "The North West has the highest level of fuel poverty in England, affecting over 382,000 households in 2018.

"We’re so pleased to bring together local MPs from St Helens, policy experts and industry professionals working at the forefront of fuel poverty alleviation, for this much needed discussion looking at how we can address fuel poverty in St Helens’

The event is free to attend, though places are limited, you can register for tickets on Eventbrite.