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Caithness fuel poverty survey extended until end of January


By Alan Hendry

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From left: Stephanie Remers, Caithness Poverty Action Group chairperson; Michael Cromby, home energy specialist at Home Energy Scotland; Pat Ramsay, of Caithness Foodbank; and Jim Donaldson, the previous station commander at Thurso for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, promoting the launch of the survey in October.
From left: Stephanie Remers, Caithness Poverty Action Group chairperson; Michael Cromby, home energy specialist at Home Energy Scotland; Pat Ramsay, of Caithness Foodbank; and Jim Donaldson, the previous station commander at Thurso for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, promoting the launch of the survey in October.

An online survey aimed at tackling fuel poverty in Caithness has been extended until the end of January in a bid to attract extra feedback.

Caithness Poverty Action Group and Caithness Voluntary Group (CVG) are working alongside a number of partners in the initiative.

They point out that Caithness householders pay some of the highest prices for energy in the UK and say support from the community would help create "positive change".

The Caithness Household Energy Efficiency Survey 2021/2022 was launched as part of Challenge Poverty Week in October.

Stephanie Remers, a project officer for CVG and chairperson of the poverty action group, said: "It's important that we get a good response to enable us to get an accurate representation of Caithness's energy efficiency and target areas affected by fuel poverty.

"This will allow us to create projects and place bids for funding to help support those most vulnerable in our community. Key statutory and third sector organisations are pulling together to create actions that will support our community around these issues.

"Caithness pays among the highest prices for energy in the UK and we need the support of the community to allow us to create positive change."

The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CVGENERGY

Participants will also be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 high street voucher of the winner's choice.

Partners include Home Energy Scotland, NHS Scotland, Caithness Citizens Advice Bureau, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Caithness Foodbank.

Speaking at the time of the launch, Caithness CAB manager Sadie Kevill said: "This survey will help Caithness Poverty Action Group to gain further understanding of the energy efficiency and fuel poverty in Caithness and how we can support people in Caithness who are struggling. Poverty affects every area of someone's life and we want to take action to make a positive difference."


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