Phil Povey from Sefton Council was named a Heat Hero by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) recently for his contribution to tackling fuel poverty in Sefton.

The Heat Hero Award Scheme recognises individuals across England and Wales who have gone ‘above and beyond’ in helping people in their community who are struggling to keep warm in their homes. The Awards are supported by ScottishPower.

Phil has worked for Sefton Council as an Affordable Warmth Worker for over six years, and in that time has personally helped over 2500 households in fuel poverty.

He is passionate about ensuring people can stay warm in their homes and never gives up on a case. Not only does he assist people with fuel poverty issues, he also refers them to other support agencies such as welfare rights and occupational health, enabling residents to live independently and more comfortably in their own homes.

Phil said “I am delighted to be named a Heat Hero by NEA and ScottishPower. It is very humbling to be singled out for this achievement, especially when I know just how hard my colleagues in Fuel Poverty work. The work my colleagues and I do to help vulnerable residents stay warm in their homes is very important and it’s vital that this kind of work continues to get the recognition it deserves.”

John Pugh, MP for Southport said “I thoroughly commend Phil for his hard work and I am delighted that he has been able to help so many vulnerable people throughout Southport.”

Peter Dowd, MP for Bootle said “I was delighted to be present in Parliament when Phil received his well deserved Heat Heroes award. He, as well as many of his other colleagues, do great work all year round and deserve our thanks for their dedication.”

Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs, NEA said: “Over 17,000 households in Sefton and 4.5 million households nationwide, live in fuel poverty and are unable to adequately heat their homes. Our Heat Heroes are working tirelessly to improve the lives of these people and it is important that we give credit to those like Phil who are working to tackle fuel poverty within their community.”

Gillian Noble, Head of Energy Services and Obligations, ScottishPower Retail and Generation said: “We are proud to be sponsoring the Heat Heroes Awards for a fourth year. The hard work and commitment shown by these dedicated people within their communities is crucially important in helping to tackle fuel poverty. On behalf of ScottishPower I’d like to congratulate all the nominees and winners.”


Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321




Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News.

If you want your news read locally online then send it to – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience.