• SGN Press release


    Joining together at House of Commons event to help people heat their homes for less


    2 November 2018


    Our CEO John Morea is joined by Dr Carolyn Snell, MP Barry Sheerman and our Director of Stakeholder Relations Helen Bray who all spoke at the parliamentary event aimed at helping people heat homes for less

    We’re proud to have joined with MP Barry Sheerman and the University of York in hosting a parliamentary reception at the House of Commons earlier this week, which brought together more than 50 local authority, charity, industry and project partners who work in partnership to deliver warm homes nationwide.  

    Office of National Statistics data states that almost 10,000 people across the UK die during the winter months from living in a cold home. We’re committed to working in partnership to overcome the devastating impact of cold homes. 

    We launched our recently-commissioned mapping tool at the event on Tuesday 30 October, which will help us identify homes within our network areas that aren’t currently connected to our gas network and who may be eligible for support through our Help to Heat scheme and other funds. The tool has been developed for us by the Energy Saving Trust and will help us reach even more households who are finding it difficult to afford to keep their home warm.

    Alongside the launch of our mapping tool, Dr Carolyn Snell, from the University of York, presented research on how low-income families and people with disabilities engage with energy efficiency. The study identified a lack of trust with the sector, which highlights the importance of working collaboratively to engage with and support people these groups.

    Our Fuel Poverty Manager Marie Jones explained: “Our Help to Heat scheme helps households who are finding it difficult to keep their home warm or are struggling to pay their energy bills. We can provide funding to connect these homes to our gas network and, in some instances, we may also be able to contribute to the cost of installing a new gas central heating system through one of our partners as well. 

    “We’re thrilled that so many industry partners, charities and local authorities joined us at the House of Commons and shared in the launch of our new mapping tool. With this tool, we’ll be able to support even more families heat their homes for less.”