Small fall in fuel poverty “already in reverse”

Official statistics released yesterday show the number of houses in fuel poverty in England fell nearly 5% – but campaigners believe these figures are out of date. In 2012 households spending more than 10% of income on fuel was estimated to be 2.28 million – that’s around 10.4% of all English households. This is down […]

‘Inadequate’ Government funding for fuel-poor homes

The Government will fail to reach its target of eradicating fuel poverty in England due to a “massive shortfall” in funding for energy efficiency programmes like the Green Deal for low-income households. New research by a fuel poverty charity claims hundreds of thousands of households will be living in poorly insulated properties by 2016. It […]

Government must implement policy for energy efficiency

The UK Government is being urged to take action and “not just notes” in getting the country out of recession by implementing a policy for energy efficiency. Environmental group WWF made the comment as it welcomed a new report by Consumer Focus, which suggested investing in energy efficiency schemes would not only mean warmer homes […]

DECC’s new fuel poverty definition ‘flawed’

The Government’s proposed new definition for fuel poverty is “flawed” and poor households will still lack affordable warmth. That’s according to National Energy Action (NEA) which is “disappointed” about DECC’s plans to redefine fuel poverty in the UK. Under the new proposals, the Government is expected to cut the number of people classified as living […]

Household bills to rise by £200 for nuclear power

Household bills are expected to rise by £200 per year following today’s Energy Bill announcement. Campaigners say the rise will be used for nuclear power in a bid to improve energy security in the future. Fuel poverty organisations are concerned about the soaring costs of nuclear power as they claim this will have a huge […]

British Gas offers £50 referral for free insulation

Vulnerable and elderly customers are being offered free insulation by British Gas and anyone who refers them can get their hands on £50 in cash. It is estimated that £1 in every £4 spent on heating in the UK is wasted due to poor insulation in the housing stock.According to the Energy Saving Trust,loft insulation […]

UK Governments fail those in fuel poverty, says report

An annual report has shown fuel poverty across the UK has increased despite efforts by governments to reduce it. The Fuel Poverty Monitor identifies difficulties faced by vulnerable households in the individual countries and calls on the need for Government to provide a more concise and effective plan to tackle the problem. Energy price rises […]

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 told the Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham yesterday: “Some of the most vulnerable and elderly will shiver – and worse – if we do not […]