Plan to help reduce fuel poverty in Chichester

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Vulnerable residents across Chichester are being helped to improve the health and safety of their homes and reduce fuel poverty.

Chichester District Council’s cabinet has agreed a package of measures as part of a five-year plan to tackle sub-standard housing conditions in the district.

Actions will focus on improving the standard of accommodation in the private rented sector, reducing the level of health and safety hazards in the private sector.

They also want to reduce the high level of fuel poverty and excess cold and provide adaptations for disabled residents.

Councillor Susan Taylor, cabinet member for housing and planning at the council, said: ‘Although this district is an affluent area, it has double the number of serious hazards for excess cold compared to the rest of England.

‘This is partly because the district has a high number of old properties, many of which have not been upgraded for some time.’