Warm Homes Campaign
29 November 2016 to 17 February 2017
We are in the midst of a cold homes crisis.
NEA’s vision is that ‘no one is living in fuel poverty’, but as we launched our Warm Homes Campaign in November, we warned that at the current level of delivery and funding this won’t happen in the average lifetime of a baby born today.
Without action she could suffer a number of significant health problems as she grows up.
Our campaign highlighted that around four million UK households are still unable to access equal life chances because they live in a cold, damp home. A baby born today and living in cold housing is more than twice as likely to suffer from breathing problems including asthma and bronchitis, and three times as likely to suffer from wheezing and respiratory illness. Her chances of suffering from mental health problems are higher, and – in later life – she will have greater risk of accidents, injuries and falls in the home.
The Warm Homes Campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of being able to live in a warm, comfortable home and illustrate how to improve access to equal life chances. This year, NEA teamed up with ‘I, Daniel Blake’ star Dave Johns who is backing the campaign.
“It is a complete scandal that people die because they can’t afford to heat their homes. ‘I, Daniel Blake’ shows the tragic circumstances and daily dilemma of ‘heating or eating’ faced by many thousands of people in Britain today. I’m backing NEA’s Warm Homes Campaign to highlight what help is available to cope with rising energy bills as winter takes hold, and demand more support from Government.” Dave Johns (Lead actor, I, Daniel Blake)
We also highlighted some of the excellent work undertaken by our members and partners to tackle fuel poverty at a local level.
Free downloadable resources are available for practitioners working to help households in fuel poverty. Visit www.nea.org.uk/advice