Challenge Poverty Week 2019


7th October marks the start of the annual Challenge Poverty Week. Simply keeping warm in winter is a challenge for many people in Fife, who are already struggling to afford increasing and expensive fuel bills. In addition, the cold winter months threaten ill health and isolation.

31% of households in Fife are classed as living in fuel poverty, spending more than 10% of their annual income trying to heat their homes. This can mean choosing between cooking hot meals and heating their homes.

Most people would be unlikely to identify themselves as being in fuel poverty, they’re more likely to think:

  • I can’t pay my gas bill / top up my meter
  • I can’t afford to turn on the heating
  • My home is always damp or cold
  • I’m always ill

The causes for these can be complex, however fuel poverty can be due to:

  • Low income
  • High fuel costs
  • Energy inefficient homes

 

Events

We’ll be joining Alex Rowley MSP and other support organisations at Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline on Friday 11th October for this event.

You can pop along between 10am – 11am to meet us and other organisations working to challenge poverty in Fife.

 

How Cosy Kingdom help

We give free and impartial advice to help you find practical and affordable ways to save energy and control your bills. Our advisors make over 2,000 home energy advice visits each year, helping people out of fuel poverty and tackling carbon emissions.

 

Book a home visit

If you live in Fife, Cosy Kingdom is here to help. Our friendly, knowledgeable advisors can visit anyone living in the kingdom, regardless of whether you own your home, rent from the council, privately or from a housing association. We can help you find solutions to help you manage your fuel costs and stay warm at home. Book a free visit by getting in touch via our online booking form. You can also call the office directly on 01592 807930.

 

Get involved

You can help us support vulnerable people in Fife to stay warm over the winter by donating to Greener Kirkcaldy’s ‘Help Fuel Fife Folk’ campaign.