21 March, 2023

Warm packs distributed to Thanet residents to help tackle fuel poverty

Warm and Well Packs have been distributed to hundreds of Thanet households in privately rented accommodation who were identified as being in fuel poverty.

The packs were distributed by Thanet District Council and Social Enterprise Kent thanks to grant funding of £30,000 from UK Power Networks. Residents received materials to help them cook warm food cheaply and to help them to tackle draughts and stay warm in their homes.

Each pack contained an electric blanket and air fryer, draught excluders for doors, windows and letterboxes, reflective radiator foil and other cold weather kit. The packs also included information on support services to help residents to access advice on energy and food affordability, support vouchers and debt support.

Claire Shelton, Director of Wellbeing at Social Enterprise Kent, said: “It is great to be working in partnership with Thanet District Council to provide valuable support to our community. The items in the pack will be very helpful for householders to reduce bills and provide warm food.”

Bob Porter, Thanet District Council’s Acting Director of Place, said: “We welcome the support from UK Power Networks which helped us to provide real material impact to residents across the district. Providing practical support to people who may be struggling to stay healthy and warm at a time when costs are rising, is a priority for the council.”

Farina Farrier, Social Sustainability Manager at UK Power Networks, said: “Our customers are facing unprecedented challenges which is why we have expanded our fuel poverty support, working collaboratively with others to deliver practical support that will make a real difference to people’s lives during the current cost of living crisis.

“We are delighted to be able to support the work of Social Enterprise Kent and Thanet District Council to provide tangible support to households that would otherwise struggle during the cold weather.”

The residents who have received Warm and Well Packs live in privately rented properties with low EPC ratings, or are facing high energy bills. They have all received energy advice previously from the council. Please note the scheme is now closed.
The council’s Energy Advice Service continues to seek ways to help householders to keep warm over the winter.
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