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Fuel poverty is rising: here’s what you can do

National Energy Action and Energy Action Scotland recently published their Fuel Poverty Monitor, a “state of the nations” report on fuel poverty across the UK and in each individual country.

It doesn’t make for cheerful reading. Here’s a quote:

Whilst the timeline illustrates many positive intentions and the introduction of a range of initiatives and new statutory responsibilities, 15 years on, an estimated 4.5 million low-income households across the UK still cannot adequately heat and power their homes. Over the last five years alone there are now over 500,000 more fuel poor households living in cold homes.

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Government publishes Fuel Poverty Strategy

FP MapThe Government has published its Fuel Poverty Strategy (at last!). There aren’t too many surprises, compared to the consultation and development documents that were circulated last year. Here are some pointers:

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NEA / DECC Energy on Prescription survey

Here’s some information received from NEA about a survey they are carrying out. We’d encourage all London based organisations to respond to the survey, to make sure that findings and recommendations meet the needs of fuel poor households in the capital.

Are you an organisation helping households that are cold and sick gain access to help on energy? If so, National Energy Action on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is asking you to participate in an ‘energy on prescription’ survey.

DECC is running the survey to learn more about how energy efficiency and other fuel poverty schemes are targeting households with health problems. The survey will be used to develop a catalogue of ‘energy on prescription’ schemes that DECC is happy to share with respondents. You may find it useful in delivering your own scheme. Your participation will also help government work out the best way to support local delivery by organisations like yours in the future.

More information and the survey questionnaire can be found here.

The survey closes on 3 February 2015.