DECC seeks to extend Warm Home Discount scheme

The UK Government is proposing to extend a scheme that gives fuel poor householders a one-off discount on their electricity bills. Currently in its fourth year, the Warm Home Discount (WHD) was launched in a bid to reduce fuel poverty and the impact of rising energy prices on low income and vulnerable households. Under the […]

‘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 […]

Ofgem: Suppliers largely doing well on Warm Home Discount

The Big Six energy suppliers are largely meeting their Warm Home Discount (WHD) obligations according to a report on the second year of the scheme released by Ofgem. Overall the suppliers – which have to participate in the scheme – spent a total £290.3 million on helping customers who are fuel poor or in a […]

Peru to power two million fuel poor homes

More than two million homes in Peru (pictured, Cusco city) will soon have access to electricity following the Government’s plans to install solar panels in 500,000 households across the country. Minister of Energy and Mines Jorge Merino Tafur announced the start of the new National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Programme (NPHEP), which aims to provide energy […]

Definitively fuel poor: fuel poverty given new meaning

Fuel poor – sounds like an easy enough concept, doesn’t it? But if you thought that, you would be mistaken. The Government has given the phrase “fuel poverty” a new definition to make sure support is better “targeted” at those who need it most. Yesterday the Government announced from now on a household will be […]

Thousands protest in Indonesia over fuel price hikes

Thousands of protesters took to the streets across Indonesia earlier this week against the Government’s plans to increase fuel prices in the country. Reports claim the protesters clashed with police outside the national parliament in the capital city of Jakarta (pictured) on Monday after Ministers voted in favour of a revised budget for a rise […]

Fewer UK families facing fuel poverty

The number of households in fuel poverty in the UK showed a “modest” fall, according to the Government. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published its annual report on Fuel Poverty Statistics today, which revealed the number of UK homes struggling to pay their energy bills fell from 4.75 million in 2010 to […]

Ed Davey: Energy policies are keeping householders’ bills down

UK householders are currently saving around £64 on their gas and electricity bills as a result of energy and climate change policies. The savings are expected to reach £166 by 2020 with energy policies in place than without them, according to new analysis published by the Government today. It claims household energy bills without policies […]

British Gas’ price hike a ‘bitter blow’ for consumers

British Gas’ decision to raise its gas and electricity prices is a “bitter blow” for UK consumers. That’s the view of a price comparison site responding to the 6% rise in energy prices announced by British Gas this morning. The changes mean the average bill for domestic British Gas consumers will rise from £1,260 to […]

Government cash still available for fuel poor

Thousands of low income and fuel poor households can still claim grants to make their homes more energy efficient. DECC announced it has made changes to its Warm Front scheme, which offers funds for people in poorly heated or insulated homes to pay for boiler repairs, new central heating systems and insulation work. Eligible households […]