Horsham District Council is delighted to have won a national Warm Homes Campaign Award. The award is a monetary award and has been used to provide special energy saving Christmas packs for local residents. The special packs have been distributed to local families through local community charity, Horsham Matters.

The energy packs are just part of the district council’s wider Warm Homes project. Throughout the winter months, the council, in conjunction with local environment and economy organisation Groundwork South, is holding a number of energy saving roadshows, to help residents save more energy and reduce associated energy bills.

The roadshows will enable residents to find out about national winter payments like the Warm Homes Discount, find out how energy bills can be reduced by switching supplier or tariff and discover other simple changes that can be made around their homes to help them become warmer and cheaper to heat.

The Warm Homes Campaign is an annual winter initiative organised by the National Energy Action Group which aims to raise awareness amongst both politicians and members of the public of the problem of fuel poverty and the action needed to be taken at policy level, as well as the help and support available locally for those struggling to heat their homes. The campaign launched on 6 November 2015 and will run until 26 February 2016 (National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day).

The Warm Homes Campaign Award provides grants of up to £500 to enable 40 not for profit organisations and statutory organisations with funds to support events during the campaign period.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Development Cllr Claire Vickers, said of the scheme:

“The warmer homes project is now in its fourth year, and we have assisted over 1000 of the district’s residents who were worried about keeping warm. We estimate that there are around 6% of residents who do find it difficult to heat their homes to a healthy level. We will be having lots of events all around the district and hope that as many residents as possible are able to come along and receive this important advice.”

Horsham District Council was also thrilled to have the support of local MP, Jeremy Quin, for the award application.

Mr Quin commented on the scheme: “Through the Warm Homes project, we hope to improve the lives of many residents within local communities who are struggling with their fuel bills and ensure they can stay warm and healthy in their homes this winter.”

Chief Executive of Horsham Matters, David Sheldon said:

“Horsham Matters are very happy to be working with the district council on this initiative. Over the last year we have helped over 150 local families with fuel vouchers. These energy saving packs will help families like them reduce their fuel bills and therefore reduce their need for support. They will increase their ability to support themselves and help to restore some of their self-respect.”

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