LOCAL Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is supporting Care and Repair Cymru’s ‘Fighting Fuel Poverty’ campaign to highlight the hardships faced by many older people and the difficult decisions they have to make.
Recent figures revealed that there were an estimated 1,100 excess winter deaths in Wales in 2013/2014, with 73 per cent over the age of 75.
As part of their winter campaign, Care and Repair Cymru have set up a hardship fund, with 100 per cent of funds going directly to help people living in cold homes. They are also inviting better off pensioners who don’t need their Winter Fuel Payment to donate it to Care and Repair Cymru to provide help to those in real need.
Speaking today, Mr Ramsay said:
“Winter can be a very challenging time for older, less well off people so it’s good to know that help is available to households suffering fuel poverty.
“Last year, Care and Repair agencies provided energy related solutions to almost 2,000 older people and a further 1,000 older people were supported with issues of damp housing.”
Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so via www.careandrepair.org.uk