Fuel poverty is on the increase. Fuel poverty is said to occur when in order to heat a home to an adequate standard of warmth a household needs to spend more than 10% of its income on heating. Many pupils in Leeds come from homes that are experiencing fuel poverty and often there are quick and cheap ways to remedy the problem.
Green Doctor is a free service provided by Groundwork to help tackle fuel poverty. The service provides an initial friendly home visit to assess energy use, helping to identify how a household could be using less and saving money.
Following the initial assessment Green Doctor can install any necessary energy-saving measures, provide advice on energy bills and make referral to sources of grants for insulation and central heating.
To qualify for the Green Doctor service the householder must live in Leeds or Calderdale, be on a low income, and either:
- Have children under 16 living in the house
- Have a disability
- Be aged 60 or over
If you have pupils in your school who you think are living in a household experiencing fuel poverty why not download and print out the Green Doctor Information Leaflet and make it available for parents in your school?
If you want to know more about what the Green Doctor scheme has to offer contact them on:
Leeds – 0113 238 0316
e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org