Corby’s Summit Tackles Fuel Poverty

Corby Borough Council in partnership with Community Law and Electric Corby Community Energy will be hosting a local Fuel Poverty Summit on Thursday 14th March.

Local organisations from care, housing, welfare, voluntary and community sectors have all been invited to be part of the event and learn more about how they can help people in Corby overcome and avoid fuel poverty.

Several speakers will discuss why tackling fuel poverty in the Borough is a priority, its causes and impacts on health and well-being, practical solutions for providing affordable warmth and how to identify and support Corby’s households at risk of fuel poverty.

The summit will also identify affordable warmth schemes available in Corby, one of which is the newly launched Electric Corby Community Energy, a not-for-profit initiative launched by Electric Corby, Corby Borough Council and Green Energy UK, to deliver a better, fairer energy deal for homes and businesses in the Borough.

Nick Bolton, Project Manager at Electric Corby said:

“With a fair price electricity offer that’s not just 100% green but also helps to fund local community projects, Electric Corby Community Energy is great for individual residents and businesses and great for Corby. By directly benefiting the local community and making our offer available to anyone, regardless of how they currently pay their bill, we aim to reach the 80% of people who have yet to feel the benefit of switching their electricity supply and to make Corby a greener place in the process.”

Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, Cllr Peter McEwan, said:

‘With the continued pressures of the increased cost of living we want to ensure that our local organisations have all the information and advice that they need to be able to help the most vulnerable in our community that could be facing the risk of fuel poverty. It is not acceptable that some of our residents may struggle to heat their homes and they need to be given the right support. With programmes such as the Northants Warm Homes Partnership and Electric Corby Community Energy we hope to give them practical solutions for affordable warmth.’

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