Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are in the top ten areas for the UK who are in fuel poverty.
Being Warm at home has many benefits. Here's a short film which shows the real difference this has made to people's lives.
In September 2015 Cornwall Council secured central government funding. This funding was to install brand new central heating in homes that need it.
There is a league table of poor housing condiitons in English counties. The league shows the places that have bad cold and damp homes. The islands come top and Cornwall weighs ina t number three. Damp and cold can ruin lives - in fact it can take lives.
In an average winter over 20,000 extra lives are lost due to illness. Combined with cold and damp homes, particularly with older and very yound residents, it's a serious public health concern.
Why keeping warn affects your health and wellbeing
Cold and damp causes many other problems. Peopl in such homes just don't work as well. They struggle to go about their normal lives. Sometimes they all live in one room. A child could be struggling to concentrate on their homework. or someone is always worrying about carbon monoxide poisoning from that badly maintained boiler or chimney. And they become isolated - who wants to invite friends round to a freezing cold house? People simply don't work or play very well in a cold or damp house.
Isles of Scilly Energy Compnay Obligation (ECO) Flexible Eligibility Statement of Intent and Policy
The Council of the Isles of Scilly is working with the Winter Wellbeing programme partners. They are working together to find households which need help and support if they are in fuel poverty. Fuel poor households could be eligible for Energy Company Oligation (ECO) funded home improvements.
LA Flex installers
The Council fo the Isles of Scilly have a list of LA EcoFlex installers who can deliver energy efficiency and insulation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This will help to keep our residents safe and warm by adding new heating or loft, roof or wall insulation. They are Green Deal registered with PAS 2030 accreditation and have signed an Information Sharing Agreement with the Council of the Isles of Scilly.