Residents in fuel poverty to receive council help

15:36 17 January 2013

More than 300,000 London homes are estimated to be in fuel poverty. File picture: PA Wire

More than 300,000 London homes are estimated to be in fuel poverty. File picture: PA Wire

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Londoners struggling to pay their gas and electricity bills will get extra help from their local authorities after a government cash handout.

The boroughs involved in the scheme

Bexley, Brent, Camden, Croydon,

Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney,

Haringey, Islington, Kingston, Lambeth,

Merton, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton and Waltham Forest.

A total of £686,655 will be shared out among 17 boroughs in up to 1.75million homes to advise residents on how to seek out the best energy tariff.

It is estimated that 325,000 homes in the areas (see right) are in fuel poverty, meaning that more than 10 per cent of each property’s total income is spent on electricity and gas.

The money was given to a scheme backed by London Councils by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Councils will assist residents signed up to the scheme by negotiating a deal with the energy companies on their behalf.

Chairman of London Councils’ transport and environment committee, Cllr Catherine West, said: “People who most need to keep warm to stay healthy are the least likely to make sure they are on the best energy deal.

“Some of the most vulnerable Londoners will not turn the heating on because they do not want to risk running up a large bill.

“This cross borough scheme will make a real difference this winter.”

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