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MP wraps up warm to mark Cold Homes Week

Mike Wood MP visiting the day centre at Fieldhead to show his support for the cold homes campaign.

Mike Wood MP visiting the day centre at Fieldhead to show his support for the cold homes campaign.

Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood has backed a campaign calling for more to be done to reduce winter deaths.

Cold Homes Week aims to raise awareness about fuel poverty and get the support of politicians to make homes more energy-efficient.

The campaign is organised by the Energy Bill Revolution, an alliance of 170 major charities and organisations, and calls for more action to improve energy efficiency in the one in five households currently living in fuel poverty.

This week Mr Wood visited the Birstall & Birkenshaw Children’s Centre to show his support.

He said: “This is such an important issue and I was really pleased to hear about Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees new Winter Support Service offering free practical help to local people in their own homes.”

Kerry Lee Horton, of Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees, said: “We are extremely grateful to Mike Wood for showing his support for our campaign for warm homes.

“With so many older people suffering during the winter, it’s more important than ever to protect them from the cold weather and relentless energy price hikes.”

Age UK and its local and national partners are working hard to help older people keep warm this winter.

They provide hot meals at local day centres as well as home visits, winter health checks and befriending services for those who may feel isolated.

For more information call 01924 446208 or 01484 535994.

 

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