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.
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.
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.
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: