Keep warm campaign backed

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04 Feb 2015
A campaign to keep Doncaster homes warm and help save lives during winter has been backed by Rosie.

Cold Homes Week aims to raise awareness of fuel poverty and the need to make homes more energy-efficient.

It is being supported by charity Age UK.

Rosie has written to Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, in support of the plans.

She said: “Keeping warm saves lives and Age UK does great work in raising awareness of the need to prepare for cold weather as well as providing care and support to older people.

“The government needs to take action so that people aren't making that life or death decision in what should be the safety of their own homes. I’ve written to Ed Davey to make my views clear.

“I know from my own constituents how important it is to have affordable warmth. This campaign is a great way of highlighting the issue of fuel poverty and the need for improvements in energy efficiency.”

Figures from Age UK show that during the winter months one older person across England and Wales dies every seven minutes from the cold weather.

The charity's own ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign aims to help elderly people through winter benefit checks and home energy checks.

They provide hot meals at local day centres as well as home visits, winter health checks and befriending services for those who may feel isolated.

People can contact Age UK on 0800 169 6565.

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Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster Central
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