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MP backs new bid to tackle fuel poverty

Gordon Marsden MP

Gordon Marsden MP

A Blackpool MP has today pledged his support for people affected by fuel poverty in the area.

Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, has backed the ‘Mind The Gap’ campaign, which is run by the national charity ‘Turn2us’.

The campaign aims to raise awareness for the problem which many people face of being able to balance their household income and the cost of their energy bills.

Turn2us provide six steps that aim to help those struggling including searching for grants to help with bills and getting help to improve 
energy efficiency.

Research conducted by Turn2us claims 87 per cent of North West residents are worried about paying their energy bills this winter, with 48 per cent of these having to cut back on food or skip meals.

Mr Marsden said: “Fuel poverty is a big concern with hundreds of people in Blackpool struggling with high energy bills and poorly insulated homes. We need to do all we can to help ensure that people in Blackpool get all the support that is available to them in helping manage their bills.”

Turn2us is free for anyone to access, something which the charity’s director Alison Taylor is keen to point out.

“With our campaign we have brought together a number of free Turn2us tools and information all in one place to help people in financial need manage their energy costs,” she said.

Visit www.turn2us.org.uk/fuelpoverty for information.

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