MCFly got in touch with the Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre in Manchester today following rumours that their funding was being drastically cut in March. The manager I spoke to declined to comment and informed me that the query will instead been passed on to the press office at the Energy Saving Trust and Manchester City Council. Let’s hope the EST isn’t planning to insulate themselves from press enquiries to the same high level that they insulate houses.
Anyway, we’ve heard that the centre is going to shut altogether or reduce radically in March after its funding ends. IF this is true it’s a truly worrying development for Joe and Jane Public thinking about saving on energy. Along with the recent cuts to solar panels subsidies and plans to axe Warm Front in 2013, things don’t look good for those dealing with fuel poverty. And according to the latest statistics, that’s quite a few of us as one in four English households pay 10% of more of their income on gas and electricity, making them fuel poor.
More as we get it.