Champions Question Ed Miliband Over Energy Prices

Representatives from The Irwell Valley Sustainable Communities Project have asked the Labour leader Ed Miliband face-to-face how Labour intends to fix Britain’s high energy prices.

Mark and Julie, two of the project’s Community Champions and Connor Hartnett, a local resident and newest member of the project’s Energy Task Group, took the initiative to attend a question and answer session in Hulme and talk about the issue of fuel poverty in East Salford.

Connor and Julie discuss fuel poverty with Ed

Connor and Julie discuss fuel poverty with Ed

Julie and Conor sat with Ed Miliband and were able to explain that some residents in East Salford face the choice of eating or heating.

” I explained to him that many people are on repayment meters and are constantly watching them and are dreading hearing the beep that tells them their gas has run out. He said that he wants to support people to switch suppliers to find the cheapest tariff” Julie Stewart.

Julie Stewart, Community Champion gets serious with Ed

Julie Stewart, Community Champion gets serious with Ed

The Irwell Valley Sustainable Communities Project is working with Church Action on Poverty to run a ‘School of Participation’ to encourage residents to come together to discuss the issues they face with keeping their homes warm. The 12 week project, which starts in January, will support residents to work together to help tackle this serious issue. If you are struggling to pay your energy bills and would like to join this group in East Salford then please contact Mark Frith on 07703 715050.

Julie tells Ed Milliband about the Irwell Valley Sustainable Communities Project

Julie tells Ed Miliband about the Irwell Valley Sustainable Communities Project

For more information about a major project designed to tackle the ‘Poverty Premium’ – the extra costs which people on low incomes are forced to pay for essentials like food, fuel and finance visit the Church Action on Poverty website:

http://www.church-poverty.org.uk/foodfuelfinance

Carbon Literacy Training at The Broughton Trust

Appropriately for the world’s first industrial city, Greater Manchester is the first urban area to undertake to empower all its citizens with carbon literacy.

‘Manchester Carbon Literacy’ is a unique project driven by the fact that it is imperative that we all change the aspects of what we do that result in the generation of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases.

Carbon Literacy Training Session at The Broughton Trust

Getting carbon literate!

The Irwell Valley Sustainable Communities Project is keen to get involved with this initiative and in July organised carbon literacy training at The Humphrey Booth Centre. Thirteen participants are now carbon literate and will have an accredited certificate to prove it.

Learn about climate change and what you can do to help! We are hoping to roll this training out across East Salford as the project develops. Anyone interested in the training should contact The Broughton Trust.

To find out more about the Carbon Literacy Initiative please follow this link: http://www.manchestercarbonliteracy.com