Energy advice day helps tackle fuel poverty

An energy advice day to help residents in Merton get the most out of their income throughout the winter months will take place at the Civic Centre on Friday 17 October.

Merton Seniors and Merton Council are jointly organising the event, which is aimed mainly at older people but is open to anyone who feels they would benefit from the information available on the day.

Residents will benefit from free, impartial advice and practical assistance about available grants, maximising their income and saving money on energy bills.

At least nine different not for profit groups will host information stands and presentations that offer information and advice about how to reduce energy use, obtain cheap energy tariffs and apply for grants and safe equity release schemes.

There will also be practical advice on beating doorstep crime, finding a trusted local builder, the handyperson scheme, the ‘Priority Services Register’ and other help available to older Merton residents.

Myrtle Agutter from Merton Seniors Forum says: “We know that 2.2 million pensioners experience fuel poverty nationwide. Merton Seniors is working with the council to address the needs of the older community and urges all older people to take advantage of the advice and support that is available to them on 17th October.”

Councillor Linda Scott, cabinet member for housing, adult care and health says: “We fully understand the need to offer help and advice, particularly to Merton’s older residents, on how to deal with the impact of rising fuel costs. Knowing how to save energy in the home and apply for grants could save many people hundreds of pounds a year. This is money that the most vulnerable in our community desperately need to channel back into other essential costs like food and health care.

“This day shows how Merton Council is responding to residents’ concerns by providing an opportunity for residents to get the advice and information they need to save as much as possible this winter.

“I’d like to thank Merton Seniors for their assistance and partnership in the organisation of this event and would encourage all residents who feel they would benefit from the energy advice day to come along.”

For more information about the advice day residents can visit http://www.merton.gov.uk or phone the housing strategy team on 020 8545 3049.

The energy advice day is organised by Merton Council and Merton Seniors and will take place in the level one committee rooms at the Merton Civic Centre from 10am to 2pm