In Hyndburn we have a very high proportion (over 50%) of energy inefficient solid wall (or hard to treat cavities) properties. We also have park homes and Age UK are running a campaign to raise awareness of their vulnerability to cold weather. Haslingden and Hyndburn has some of the oldest and coldest properties in the country, and people of all ages suffer from expensive to heat, poorly insulated housing.
I have spoken out about the scandal of cold homes backing the efforts of Energy Bill Revolution, AgeUKs campaign for warm homes, NEA's Warm Homes Campaign and Turn2US.
Shelter and Friends of the Earth have also supported campaigns to tackle cold homes and Shelter offer a dedicated housing helpline.
I am very happy to support Age UK’s warm park homes campaign (below) this winter. I will be writing to Amber Rudd, Secretary of State responsible on behalf park home owners.
Government cuts to local authorities though the Energy Companies Obligation and the Green Deal, has meant more people in Haslingden and Hyndburn living in cold homes, spending more of their money on heating. I am glad that Age UK is continuing to hold the Government to account.
Alongside local companies such as Isothane, I have lobbied the Government persistently to change policy towards energy conservation as it is the most efficient way of reducing energy. Locally Hyndburn Council has shown the way stripping out 5 rows of terraced houses in Woodnook and insulating them to a very high standard.