Fuel poverty charity pleased with Huhne’s pledge

The Energy Secretary’s pledge to help low earners heat their homes has won the support of the UK’s leading fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action (NEA). Energy Secretary Chris Huhne […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Energy Secretary’s pledge to help low earners heat their homes has won the support of the UK’s leading fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action (NEA).

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne told the Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham yesterday: “Some of the most vulnerable and elderly will shiver – and worse – if we do not help. That is why this Government is boosting by two-thirds the discounts to help people in fuel poverty.”

NEA’s Director of External Affairs, Maria Wardrobe said: “We have always maintained that those on the lowest incomes will not be in a position to take on the green deal charge and welcome the ministers promise that funding in the form of the Energy Company Obligation will help those in fuel poverty to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

“The assurance that [Mr Huhne] will continue to act to ensure that the retail market works for all households is also welcome, it is vital that energy consumers can trust the companies that supply them.”

Fuel poverty is defined as the need to spend over 10% of household income on fuel costs to maintain adequate warmth for health and comfort.