Fuel Poverty Awareness Day
Friday 26 February 2016
Friday 26 February is Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. NEA will be warning that the NHS could continue to waste well over a billion pounds a year on treating preventable cold-related illness. It is now almost a year since the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued welcomed guidance on how to reduce excess winter deaths and illness. However winter deaths soared last year and continue to exceed non-winter deaths by 27%. NEA believes that despite the cost and suffering caused by cold homes only half of all Health and Wellbeing Boards have even referenced action to address fuel poverty in their Joint Strategic Needs Assessments. As a result, the charity is calling on all Health and Wellbeing Boards to adopt the NICE recommendations urgently and give cold homes the same attention as other significant public health concerns.
Many of you are holding your own events as part of the day, some of which are funded through our Warm Homes Campaign Award Scheme. We hope that many more of you will use the day to highlight your own work to tackle fuel poverty via Twitter or other social media channels (#fuelpovertyawarenessday / @NEA_UKCharity). To help with any publicity work you can download the Fuel Poverty Awareness Day logo which you can use on any press releases, literature, social media, or other promotional items.
We also have a range of publications available to our members free of charge to help with any events and advice work that you may be running over the winter. To order copies of these please fill in the order form here.
Our latest version of the Fuel Poverty Action Guide can be found here.
Please download the policy briefing here.
If you would like to keep us up to date on your activities or have any other questions on the campaign please contact Claire Henderson.
As part of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, NEA’s director of external affairs, Maria Wardrobe, is taking part in a Twitter chat between 3 and 4pm on 26 February – please join us!
Monthly Members’ Twitter Chat – a live conversation to assist AAA members in sharing experience and knowledge; all participants welcome!
When: Friday 26th February – and then monthly thereafter (frequency subject to appropriate change)
Time: 15:00pm – 16:00pm
AAA Member: National Energy Action @NEA_UKCharity
Topic: ‘Fuel Poverty awareness’ – taking place on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day
This Twitter chat is an interactive way to share and learn across our ever-growing AAA membership, which is now stands at over 870+ individuals, organisations and partners.Published on 22-02-2016