Council issues advice over energy prices
WITH this week's news that two of the big six energy companies have drastically increased their prices ahead of winter, Swansea council has released advice for worried local residents.
The council has reminded locals of free advice services such as the Home Heat Helpline (0800 336699) designed to aid those worried about paying their bills and seeking information about reduced tariffs, benefits and grants available.
The council is also encouraging people to get in touch with the Welsh Government and ask for information about the National Energy Saving Trust, a scheme to tackle fuel poverty with free home improvements. It can be contacted on 0808 808 2244.
Swansea Council's cabinet member for anti-poverty David Phillips, said: "If a household spends more than 10 percent of its income on heating and cooking then that is fuel poverty.
"Swansea Council is in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust who can also offer advice on grants that are available to install energy efficiency measures in your home.
"We know energy firms have announced price rises again this year, whatever their reasons for that it is a burden that leads too many householders of all walks of life to having to make a choice between fuel and food."
With recent announcements of increased energy prices by SSE and British Gas, the cost of energy is becoming a heated national issue.
Opinion is divided on how to best confront what some are calling a looming energy crisis.
The government is currently in discussions with EDF Energy on regenerating the Hinkley Point nuclear power station.
Earlier this week Swansea West MP Geraint Davies held a meeting in Waunarlwydd where he said many residents raised the issue of fuel poverty with him.