New Care & Repair project to combat fuel poverty
Care & Repair Cymru is delighted to have been awarded £499,850 for a new project to help combat fuel poverty among older people.
70+ Cymru will be a Wales-wide partnership project funded by the Energy Redress Scheme. It will provide advice and support on home energy saving techniques and housing improvements, so that people over 70 years old can heat their homes to over 70°F.
Care & Repair Cymru will build a specialist staff team to lead the project and work directly with Care & Repair agencies across Wales, visiting older people to provide expert advice, information and technical support that will improve the warmth of their homes. The project will also work with other service providers and commissioners, the energy industry and other stakeholders to help eradicate fuel poverty in Wales.
Chris Jones, Chief Executive of Care & Repair Cymru, said:
“We’re thrilled to have been awarded the funds for this innovative project to help people over 70 who are living in fuel poverty.
“One in five older people, more than any other age group, is living in fuel poverty. We know that single pensioners, those over 74, and those on Pension Credit are most at risk. 70+ Cymru will provide much needed support for them, alongside the existing work that Care & Repair does to help older people live independently in their homes.
“We’re now working hard to get the project up and running, so we can start to help older people experiencing fuel poverty by the end of this year.”