23.7% of Pendle residents are in fuel poverty

Champion of health and well-being Coun. Tony Beckett and Olympic gold medalist Steven Burke on the 'People Power' bike at the ASDA store in Colne.
Champion of health and well-being Coun. Tony Beckett and Olympic gold medalist Steven Burke on the 'People Power' bike at the ASDA store in Colne.

Latest figures show that a staggering 23.7% of people in Pendle are still living in fuel poverty and the council is urging residents to consider its latest “People Power” initiative in a bid to reduce energy bills.

This follows a report presented to the council’s Executive members by Coun. Tony Beckett, who speaks out on fuel poverty in the borough.

Pendle is currently ranked 15th out of 326 local authorities with residents facing fuel poverty.

And by coming together as one collective by registering with www.peoplepower.co.uk it is hoped the district will emerge stronger with the real beneficiaries being the bill payers and their families.

The issue of fuel poverty has been recognised for many years as a serious problem that affects many people, with those most vulnerable in society such as the elderly being particularly at risk.

The People Power scheme has rolled out across Lancashire in a bid to help and residents have until Monday to register at peoplepower.co.uk

The energy companies will then bid for participants’ custom as one which could lead to savings of up to £250 per year for households.

Coun. Tony Beckett said: “Fuel poverty is a serious concern that must be addressed head on as a top priority and the People Power scheme really could help some of the most vulnerable people in the county.”

Coun. Beckett added: “I’m really optimistic that a significant amount of people will be able to reduce their annual bills and would urge people to act now to reap the rewards.

“The figures could potentially change lives for the better where not only can they live in warmer homes but savings could be spent in other areas too to combat the choice many make over whether to eat or heat.

“As a council, we’ve been holding events around the borough to help people sign up who may not have access to the internet.

“We feel it’s important that as many people as possible are aware of the scheme and are given the chance to sign up but if you can’t make it to an event, please contact your local office who can also support you over the phone.”

There is no obligation from registering your interest in the scheme, as registering simply includes you in the collective group taken to auction on Tuesday where energy suppliers will bid for the business and make an offer.