NEA Cymru urges supporters to continue the campaign for warm homes to mark Fuel Poverty Awareness Day
Delegates from all over Wales and further afield will come together this week at the Wales fuel poverty conference to discuss what can be done to bring an end to fuel poverty in Wales and ensure that everyone can afford to keep themselves warm in their homes.
Organised by fuel poverty charity NEA Cymru, the conference ‘Beyond 2018: Policies, Programmes and New Approaches’, is being held on Thursday 16th February at Cardiff City Hall, in partnership with energy supplier E.ON. The event is taking place ahead of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on 17th February and is part of NEA’s Warm Homes Campaign to highlight the issue of fuel poverty.
Latest figures show that nearly 1 in 4 households in Wales are unable to afford to adequately heat their homes and whilst energy efficiency improvements have brought a welcome reduction in the levels of fuel poverty in Wales over recent years, the conference comes a year before the Welsh Government’s statutory target to eradicate fuel by 2018.
Carole Morgan-Jones, Director, NEA Cymru: “I am delighted so many delegates will be attending this year’s conference. Tackling fuel poverty needs concerted action by both the Welsh Government and UK Government and I urge all delegates attending the conference to continue the campaign to raise the issue with political leaders and policy officials at every opportunity. To meet the challenge facing Wales we need a step change in ambition and the scale of resources earmarked for energy efficiency schemes if we want to ensure everyone can live in warm, affordable homes and meet our climate change targets.”
Over 100 representatives from the energy industry, local government, housing associations, health and voluntary sectors, as well as businesses with an interest in domestic energy efficiency will discuss the implications of the wide ranging reforms to the energy market which include a price cap for some of the most vulnerable customers on prepayment meters.
Nigel Dewbery, Director of Obligation and Installation Services, said: “We are delighted to be supporting NEA’s fuel poverty conference in Wales. We are committed to doing all we can to support vulnerable householders in Wales who may be struggling to keep warm. We can offer a range of services for those who need extra help and are most vulnerable. We look forward to discussing with delegates what more we can collectively do to alleviate fuel poverty in Wales.
Notes to Editors:
1. For all enquiries, please contact Carole.Morgan-Jones@nea.org.uk Tel 029 2022 9322 / 07720591403.
2. NEA is the UK’s leading fuel poverty charity campaigning for affordable warmth. For further details visit www.nea.org.uk.
3. Fuel poverty results from a combination of factors: low household income; energy prices; and inadequate heating and insulation standards. The consequences of fuel poverty range from psychological distress, social isolation and physical discomfort to illness and, in the most extreme cases, premature death.
4. In Wales, fuel poverty is defined as the need to spend over 10% of household income on fuel costs to maintain adequate warmth for health and comfort.
5. Almost 1 in 4 (23%) of households in Wales are living in fuel poverty in 2016, equating to 291,000 homes. 261,000 of these are believed to be vulnerable households (containing a child, older person, or someone who is disabled or has a long-term illness). http://gov.wales/statistics-and-research/production-estimated-levels-fuel-poverty/?lang=en
6. E.ON is one of the UK’s leading power and gas companies, generating electricity, and retailing power and gas.