Help for fuel poor in Britain ‘down 80%’

There has been a dramatic fall in help available for those living in cold homes, new research claims. The number of major energy efficiency measures delivered has dropped 80% – from 112,000 in the winter of 2011/12 to just 22,000 this winter. The fall comes after the introduction of the Government’s “ineffective and unambitious” schemes […]

Insulation is “collapsing” in the UK

Dire warnings were flagged up today with new analysis suggesting the number of British homes getting insulation has plummeted under the Coalition. From 1.65 million major measures like cavity, loft and solid wall insulation installed 2012-13, this fell 60% in 2013 to 2014 to only 661,000 major measures. The drop is even starker when compared […]

‘Seven million people living in fuel poverty’

A total of seven million people, including 2.2 million children, are living in fuel poverty in England. New figures released today claim the number of children “growing up cold” has risen by 26% – or 460,000 – compared to a year ago. One in five Brits have switched off their heating this winter to save […]

Is the Green Deal the most cost effective loan?

The Government’s energy efficiency initiative has officially been launched today but some in the industry are questioning if the scheme offers the most cost effective loan. The Green Deal is a way for householders to pay for energy efficient home improvements such as insulation through savings on their energy bills but there have been concerns […]

PM’s fuel poverty attempts ‘doomed to fail’

More than a hundred UK businesses, energy companies, charities and unions have joined forces to warn David Cameron his attempts to tackle fuel poverty in the country are “doomed to fail”. In a letter to the Prime Minister, members of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign are urging him to do more to help fuel poor […]

Quarter of families turn heating off for food

Nearly a quarter of mums have had to choose between feeding their families and heating their homes this winter due to rising energy bills. A new poll of 1,000 people by a pressure group claims 23% of people had to face the choice of picking food over heating, with eight out of ten families rationing […]

‘Give carbon tax funds to the fuel poor’

The new carbon tax levied on businesses should be recycled to help people struggling to pay fuel bills, according to campaigners outraged by swingeing cuts to fuel poverty funding. According to a new report by the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), the Government has slashed the money it gives to the fuel poor […]

Investment in energy efficiency will boost UK economy

Investing in energy efficiency is one of the best ways to boost the economy, create more jobs and tackle fuel poverty. That’s according to new research by a consumer group, which claims significant investment from the Government through carbon taxes could generate up to 71,000 jobs and boost GDP by 0.2% by 2015. It could […]