MID Devon MP Neil Parish has pledged support for ‘Mind the Gap’ – the campaign aiming to raise awareness of help available for people affected by fuel poverty.
The campaign, run by the national charity Turn2us, is focusing on the growing gap between household incomes and energy bills, and is highlighting the support available for those struggling to pay for gas, electricity and oil.
The campaign features six steps using Turn2us’ free tools and information to help anyone experiencing problems.
Research by the charity found that 76% of people in the South-West are worried about their energy bills this winter.
Of those who struggled with the cost last winter, 76% suffered stress as a result and 43% cut back on food.
Mr Parish said: “Fuel poverty is an extremely important issue which can have a hugely damaging effect on people from all backgrounds.
“This is particularly true in Devon, where wages are below the national average, we have a great number of pensioners and many homes have to use expensive off-grid energy, such as heating oil.
“It’s vital that people realise they don’t have to struggle alone and that help’s available to help manage energy bills.
“I’m pleased to support Turn2us’ ‘Mind the Gap’ fuel poverty campaign and I’d encourage anyone who’s worried to take action and use the six steps to manage their bills.”