UK Government launches £6bn energy efficiency package

Two consultations have been launched on the Energy Company Obligation and Warm Home Discount schemes

Community wind initiative to fight fuel poverty in Scotland

Fuel poverty is said to be directly affecting more than half of Scottish millennials

England lags behind on keeping UK homes warm

Public investment in warm homes and insulation across England has been cut by 58% since 2012. That’s according to a new report from think tank e3g, which says improving energy efficient measures should be made a national priority. It says this is because the country has the second worst record on cold weather-related deaths out […]

Energy suppliers could be given customers’ state benefits data

Details of people receiving certain state benefits could be given to energy suppliers to protect them from high gas and electricity bills. Under the UK Government’s new proposals, data sharing would be allowed between specified public authorities and suppliers in a bid to tackle fuel poverty. Ofgem would set a safeguard tariff for vulnerable customers […]

London mayor unveils £34m energy efficiency and solar schemes

The latest phase of the £34 million Energy for Londoners programme has been unveiled by Sadiq Khan. The mayor’s new scheme aims to make energy bills more affordable, workplaces more energy efficient and supply London with cleaner and more local energy sources like solar power. A new £2.5 million package will target fuel poor homes, […]

The elderly feel the chill from bills this winter

  Cold temperatures this winter are making older people across the UK worry about their health and finances. That’s according to a survey of 2,000 respondents aged above 65 by comparethemarket.com, which suggests more than two-fifths of this group are worried cold weather will lead to higher energy costs. As many as 11%, totalling around […]

Grenfell legacy sees other high rises threatened by cold

Residents of dozens of London’s high-rises are at risk of freezing after dangerous insulation cladding was removed but not replaced following the Grenfell disaster. That’s according to Fuel Poverty Action, which says so far only one building has had its insulation replaced. It claims there has been little recognition the cold can pose a threat […]

‘Highlands energy rip-off must end’

A Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) has urged the UK government to end a 2p electricity surcharge paid by Highlands customers despite the region facing some of the country’s highest rates of fuel poverty. Scottish National Party (SNP) MSP Kate Forbes said the government should end this fee as part of its proposed energy […]

Christmas energy bills worrying two million families

More than two million families across the UK expect to struggle to pay their energy bills through the winter. That’s the suggestion from price comparison service uSwitch, which surveyed 2,011 households regarding the risk of suffering from fuel poverty over Christmas. More than a quarter of those surveyed are worried they will have to sacrifice […]

Tenth of elderly can’t afford to stay warm

  A tenth of elderly Brits cannot afford to heat their home on their current income, leaving many to rely on the Winter Fuel Allowance. That’s according to new research from Provident, which suggests this programme could be cut by £100 million, despite 13% of elderly Brits being unable to afford their bills even with […]