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Andrew Mitchell MP supports help to combat fuel poverty in the Royal Town

Mr Mitchell has met with Mark Meredith, the Operations Director of Area Eco, a not for profit community interest company which works in communities across the West Midlands providing practical advice to people and third sector organisations to reduce their energy costs.

Area Eco receives grant funding from the Government to deliver energy saving advice sessions aimed at vulnerable customers and training sessions for voluntary sector frontline workers and volunteers.

Area Eco is part of the Big Energy Saving Network which is made up of local community groups and charities across Britain that can advise on energy saving in the home, switching energy suppliers, different energy tariffs and available government support to help the most vulnerable get warmer homes and lower fuel bills.

Following the meeting, Mr Mitchell said: “The Government provides assistance for the most vulnerable such as via the Warm Home Discount scheme which helps 2 million households a year with £140 to go towards their energy bills. Pensioners are also eligible for further help through the Winter Fuel Payment.

But financial assistance can only go so far, instead households have themselves been empowered with the ability to switch energy suppliers in half the time that it previously took, thanks to changes which have already been introduced by the Government. I myself, have recently saved money by switching energy suppliers.

“The Big Energy Savings Network is a very interesting initiative and goes to show that local communities can play a big part in combatting fuel poverty. I have put Area Eco in contact with charitable organisations across the Royal Town and I very much hope that they will be interested in collaborating with Area Eco to deliver a programme of outreach to vulnerable consumers, focussed on helping them reduce their energy costs vulnerable.”

Photo: Andrew Mitchell MP with Mark Meredith – Operations Director (left) and his intern Martin Prno (right)

Andrew Mitchell MP with Mark Meredith – Area Eco Operations Director (left) and his intern Martin Prno

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