FUNDING has been awarded to Barnsley Council to help alleviate fuel poverty across the borough.

The Warm and Safe Homes Campaign (WASH), awarded the funding a the same time the Town marked Big Energy Saving Week in association with National Energy Action (NEA).

WASH is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the impact of cold homes on health and safety and the solutions available to make homes warmer and safer.

As part of the campaign, NEA has provided funding to 25 organisations across the UK to run community events at a local level to help vulnerable people with their energy needs.

Barnsley Council works closely with local partnerships such as Age UK and Citizens Advice Bureau to raise awareness and reduce fuel poverty and excess winter deaths throughout the borough.

As part of the funding, the Council will run an event to relaunch the Forces for Warmth campaign within the Barnsley borough.

Forces for Warmth is a project where veterans or families of service personnel are supported with managing the costs relating to their energy use and helping them out of fuel poverty.

The event will take place on February 15 from 9.30am to 12.30pm at the bottom of the escalators in Barnsley Market.

Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications and External Relations at National Energy Action said: “Last winter the number of excess winter deaths was the highest since 1975. It is a tragedy that so many people die or suffer the health impacts of living in a cold home when they are largely preventable.

"This is why NEA committed to provide funding to so many different organisations across the country. We anticipate that the funding will make it possible for Barnsley Council to provide much-needed support for residents within the local area.”