Fam­i­lies suf­fer fuel poverty

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Staff reporter

Fig­ures re­leased this week show tens of thou­sands of fam­i­lies in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are liv­ing in ‘cold homes’.

The shock rev­e­la­tion comes just a few months af­ter we re­vealed a third of lo­cal fam­i­lies were liv­ing in fuel poverty.

West Whit­law­burn Hous­ing Co- op­er­a­tive, fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with it’s ten­ants and mem­bers, has de­cided to freeze rents, fuel costs and com­mu­ni­ca­tions costs (for Whit­comm cus­tomers) for the forth­com­ing year.

Paul Far­rell, the di­rec­tor of the Hous­ing Co-op­er­a­tive said: “We are acutely aware of the very dif­fi­cult eco­nomic cir­cum­stances most of our ten­ants and mem­bers are fac­ing at this time.

“The lev­els of hard­ship and poverty we are wit­ness­ing are se­vere. Our aim is to pro­vide the high­est pos­si­ble qual­ity of hous­ing, energy and an­cil­lary ser­vices at a rent which peo­ple can af­ford.

Su­san An­der­son, chair­per­son of WWHC, added: “Hope­fully our ten­ants will ap­pre­ci­ate we are do­ing our ut­most to help those in great­est need.

“By skil­ful fi­nan­cial plan­ning and cost con­trol we do not need to raise rents, fuel charges or Whit­comm com­mu­ni­ca­tion charges this year.”

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