Ed Balls MP enjoys tea with OAPs

Ed Balls enjoyed a cuppa with members of Morley Elderly Action.
Ed Balls enjoyed a cuppa with members of Morley Elderly Action.

MP Ed Balls paid a visit to Morley Elderly Action to chat about the problems of keeping warm this winter.

The visit on Friday was part of Cold Homes Week, which calls on the Government to commit to a major programme of investment. It is hoped this could make millions of homes more energy-efficient, warmer and receive lower bills.

Mr Balls said: “I am very concerned that support for households in fuel poverty has halved under this Government and I will continue to press for action to reform the energy market so that customers pay a fair price.

“Morley Elderly Action does brilliant work supporting local pensioners and ensuring they get all the information and advice they need.

“But government also needs to make sure pensioners have access to support to make their homes as energy-efficient as possible so people save money on their bills that way too.”

It is thought that each winter in Britain, one elderly person dies every seven minutes from the cold weather and many more become seriously ill due to living in a cold home.

Morley Elderly Action, in Wesley Street, support people aged over 60 to live independently in their own home. Some of the things they assist with include benefit checks, home safety and security and arranging key safes. They cover Morley, Churwell, Drighlington, Gildersome, Tingley and East and West Ardsley.