Age UK’s campaign for warm park homes

 

Age UK is urging people to join them in its campaign for warm park homes.  Please read more about it on this post they have provided to CFOA.

According to Age UK, there are more than 100,000 older people living in park homes across England and Wales, which is a poplar lifestyle choice for many older people.

That’s why, through its campaign for warm park homes, Age UK is calling on the Government to roll out an energy efficiency scheme specifically tailored to park homes residents, which would enable them to reduce their heating costs and keep warm and well in winter.

Park homes have advantages for people in or approaching retirement: they are often in idyllic rural locations, homes are single-storey which is a consideration for those with health or mobility problems, and they are more affordable than traditionally constructed homes.

According to Age UK park homes – especially older park homes – can be less energy efficient than other types of properties and freezing cold in the winter months. Ninety-five per cent of park homes were built before 2005, when insulation standards weren’t included in the British Standard for Park Homes.

Age UK has produced a campaign film and launched a petition and to date, more than 5,000 members of the public and 48 MPs have pledged their support. However Age UK is seeking more signatures to show the strength of feeling about this injustice. With your help, many more older people will be able to keep warm and well in winter.

If you would like to sign Age UK’s petition, please visit: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/home-and-care/housing-choices/campaign-for-warm-park-homes/

Many sites are not connected to the mains gas grid, which could mean residents have to rely on more expensive fuels such as Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), oil and electricity.

While some park home residents can buy their energy directly from suppliers and therefore shop around for the best deals, many have a supply agreement with the park site owners, which can restrict their access to competitive energy tariffs and additional support such as the Warm Home Discount, Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Priority Services Register.

Many park home residents are on fixed incomes and their only hope of support with heating their home is accessing one of the Government’s energy efficiency schemes.

However, with the Green Deal now closed and ECO contributions from energy suppliers typically insufficient to cover the full cost of heating systems, there is very little support available to them.

 

 

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