Due to the isolation of the town and its surroundings means that the local citizens have limited employment opportunities. Low paid and seasonal jobs also result in periods of unemployment for many.
Many Berwick homes are also of poor quality and most properties are either old stone properties or poorly built 1970s.
DECC and BRE figures indicate that there are 5375 households in fuel poverty in Berwick. (August 2013).
Whilst the previous project tackling these issues there was still a high demand from the community for the support and advice on the energy debt and cold homes.
The project provides local residents with:
- Fuel debt assistance
- Energy efficiency advice and promote energy efficiency measures to residents via an advocacy service, enabling residents to negotiate reduction or cancellation of debts
- Information on the energy providers and tariffs so the residents can make an informed choice about providers, tariffs, and different payment methods available
- Help to maximise income through helping them access unclaimed benefits and tax credits
- Advice to encompass changes in the way that benefits are paid
- Energy audits and advice on energy saving measures.