Barnsley Council organised the town’s first Armed Forces Energy Action Day on Friday 15 February to coincide with Fuel Poverty Awareness Day.
Barnsley’s armed forces community and local residents came along to find out how to stay warm and save money this winter.
The event was held in the new Barnsley Market and saw over 150 people receive advice and support.
Barnsley Council is part of the Armed Forces Covenant, which involves working with partners and other organisations to support the armed forces community.
The main focus of the event was to highlight National Energy Action's Forces for Warmth scheme. The scheme advises on energy bills, improving heating at home and reducing damp and condensation.
To date, Forces for Warmth has provided face to face advice to over 1000 members of the armed forces community nationwide. As part of their work, nearly 200 eligible individuals have received crisis grants including white goods and new boilers.
The event advised residents on boilers and insulation offered by Better Homes Barnsley. There was also information available on the new Barnsley Energy Tariff, which helps people to save money on energy bills.
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “Throughout the winter, our Housing and Energy team have been working hard to promote the Warm Safe Home Campaign. This energy action day shows our commitment to keeping all local people warm and well, with a focus on Barnsley’s armed forces and veterans.
“Making sure this community knows about the advice available to take control of their energy bills is especially important. We don’t want anyone to struggle when help is available. Please do get in touch if you have any questions or challenges with staying warm during these difficult winter months.”
Forces for Warmth Project Manager, Lesley Tudor-Snodin, said: “It’s always a pleasure to get into the heart of the community and meet people at events like this. We talked to over 40 members of the public with many requesting further support for a range of energy issues including fuel debts, problems with switching and information on Warm Homes Discount – a £140 rebate that is available to eligible households on their electricity bill. We’ve even completed an application into the Forces for Warmth crisis fund, for a veteran who has no heating, for support to get a new central heating system."
Further information on the national Warm and Safe Homes Campaign is available on NEA’s website: https://www.nea.org.uk/campaigns-policy/wash-2018/
Better Homes Barnsley can provide discounted heating and insulation to those on low incomes or with health conditions made worse by the cold. The scheme is open to anyone who owns or privately rents their home. https://www.betterhomesyorkshire.co.uk/barnsley