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Cancer: Fuel Poverty

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information on how to avoid fuel poverty is routinely provided to cancer patients (a) during and (b) following their treatment; and if he will make a statement. (247751)

I have been asked to reply.

Information on tackling fuel poverty is made available to all on a wide basis. This includes through the health sector who will have contact with patients including those being treated for cancer who may benefit from a range of measures, support and advice available.

The Department of Health produce a booklet annually as part of the cross-government Keep Warm Keep Well Campaign. The booklet is distributed free of charge to groups, organisations, GP surgeries, individuals and patients.

The booklet is complimented by the Keep Warm Keep Well pages on the Direct Gov website:

http://www.direct.gov.uk/keepwarmkeepwell