Age UK calls for warm homes for all older people

Left to right, Shirley Grant, Jenny Dancer, Age UK Oxon chief executive
Left to right, Shirley Grant, Jenny Dancer, Age UK Oxon chief executive

Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry has been presented with a knitted scarf to highlight Age UK Oxfordshire’s campaign for warm homes.

With tens of thousands of older people dying prematurely every winter, and more than a million older people unable to afford to adequately heat their homes, Age UK Oxfordshire called on Sir Tony Baldry to join its call for warm homes.

As part of Cold Homes Week – organised by the Energy Bill Revolution alliance, of which Age UK nationally is a leading member – the charity is calling on the Government to commit to a major programme of investment to make millions of homes much more energy efficient.

This would not only result in warmer homes and lower bills, but could lift nine out of ten homes out of fuel poverty.

Sir Tony met with Age UK representatives last Friday to discuss the issues.

He said: “This is clearly an important campaign. No one should suffer in cold homes and the support provided by Age UK Oxfordshire and its partners to elderly people during the winter months is invaluable.”

Paul Cann, chief executive of Age UK Oxfordshire said: “We are extremely grateful to Sir Tony Baldry for coming along and showing support for our campaign for warm homes.

“With so many older people suffering during the winter, it’s more important than ever to protect them from the cold weather and relentless energy price hikes.”

Age UK Oxfordshire has a drop-in centre in White Lion Walk, Banbury that provides social and leisure opportunities.