Fuel poverty is causing misery, ill health and premature death in millions of households across the UK.
High energy prices, dwindling household incomes and abysmally low standards of domestic energy efficiency are all contributing to a cold homes crisis. Right now, people are facing difficult choices about whether to heat their homes and forgo another household necessity such as food, or spending what they need to keep warm and avoid falling into debt.
The key to tackling this problem is improving the energy efficiency of our housing, to address the injustice that sees our poorest households spending £1 billion more a year on energy compared to non-fuel poor households. We also need to improve the quality of, and access to, energy advice and services; recognise the impact that welfare reform is having on fuel poverty levels in the UK; and ensure that all households are able to engage in the competitive energy market.
Without urgent and ambitious government intervention, NEA estimates that in the next 15 years the cumulative effect will be 125,000 premature deaths as a result of living in cold homes; £950m of fuel debt which will not be spent in local economies; and £22 billion spent by the NHS in treating cold-related conditions.
NEA slams record number of excess winter deaths last winter as predictable, preventable and shameful
New figures from the Office of National Statistics today show that the number of excess winter deaths exceeded 50,000 the highest on record since the winter of 1975/76
New evidence provided by frontline workers to fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action (NEA), has revealed the top 10 unsafe fuel poverty coping strategies being used to survive winter.
National Energy Action (NEA) comments on the publication of the National Audit Office (NAO)’s report on smart meters
Today the NAO have highlighted that the Government’s original ambition of installing smart meters in every home by 2020 will not be met and the cost of the rollout could also escalate beyond initial expectations.
A new online resource is now available to support those working to improve the lives of vulnerable and low-income energy consumers across Europe.
It’s a new era for NEA and its not-for-profit subsidiary Warm Zones cic, as they welcome both a new Chief Executive and new Managing Director.