A household is said to be in fuel poverty if their fuel costs are above average, and when having paid for fuel, they are left with an income below the official poverty line.
In the latest figures,released from 2016,Coventry was one of the worst affected authorities in the country, with 15.3% of households in fuel poverty.Some areas of Coventry have fuel poverty rates of over 30%.
Fuel poverty is most keenly felt by certain groups of people. The elderly, the very young and those with existing respiratory,heart and mental health conditions are particularly affected as their symptoms are made worse by living in cold homes. These people may also be at home more often and need to heat their homes more to keep warm,increasing their energy bills further.
Those on low incomes will also be more at risk of fuel poverty due to having to spend a greater percentage of their income to heat their homes.
Our Affordable Warmth Team are committed to helping those in fuel poverty within the resources available. We work in partnership with several other organisations to secure funding and support to help tackle fuel poverty in Coventry.
We also provide advice and information to owner occupiers, tenants and private landlords on a range of energy efficiency related topics including, grants, switching tariffs, bill and debt queries, energy saving advice and energy efficiency measures.