Campaign to keep Lancashire warm

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A campaign has been launched this week to insulate more homes across Lancashire to reduce fuel poverty and the rising winter death toll.

Organisers say there were 750 more deaths recorded in the county last winter compared with the average for the rest of the year, mostly due to elderly people being too cold.

Cold Homes Week is running until Friday and aims to raise awareness about fuel poverty and gain the support of the county’s politicians to make homes more energy efficient.

Andy Bell, from oil-fired heating trade body OFTEC, which is supporting the campaign, said: “By encouraging as many people as possible to support Cold Homes Week and to take action by emailing their MP, a long-term solution to the country’s high level of fuel poverty could be a step closer.”

The campaign is organised by the Energy Bill Revolution, an alliance of 170 major charities, businesses and organisations.