Domestic energy consumers hit hard by Treasury energy taxes

27 February 2015

Domestic energy consumers hit hard by Treasury energy taxes as charity warns that cold homes could kill 100,000 vulnerable people over the next 15 years and cost the NHS £22 billion

A new report by charity National Energy Action (NEA) has warned that 100,000 vulnerable people could perish needlessly over the next 15 years due to an inability to adequately heat their homes. The report: A Manifesto for Warmth has been released on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day [27th February] and claims the NHS could also be left bearing a £22bn bill for treating cold related illnesses. As well as noting the benefits of ending fuel poverty once and for all, the report also highlights that the Treasury will make over £28bn from domestic energy consumers in the next 10 years.

Jenny Saunders, Chief Executive of National Energy Action comments:

“Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is a wakeup call on the need to end the cost and suffering caused by cold homes. In our Manifesto for Warmth, we estimate that 100,000 people – more than would fill Wembley Stadium – are likely to die because they can’t afford to heat their homes. Beyond needless deaths, we highlight that the NHS may also have to foot a staggering bill to treat cold related illnesses.

“New legislation requires future governments to improve the properties of people in fuel poverty to a minimum energy efficiency standard by 2030. However, we clearly need the next Government to invest the money required to halt this tragedy in a quicker timescale. There are no excuses; the Treasury will make over £28bn from domestic energy consumers in the next 10 years and alongside the existing public infrastructure budget, there is more than enough funds to radically improve the energy efficiency of 2 million low income homes by 2020 and end the suffering caused by fuel poverty within 10 years.

“Within our report we show how meeting this goal could be achieved. We now want all parties to commit to ending the cost and suffering caused by fuel poverty once and for all”.

According to the Government’s own national figures unaffordable energy prices, combined with low incomes and a housing stock which remains woefully poor compared to other European countries, has resulted in there still being 4.5 million households that are unable to adequately heat their homes across the United Kingdom.

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day falls on Friday 27 February 2015 and is a national day to highlight the issues faced by those unable to heat their homes affordably and the solutions available to tackle these issues. NEA’s supporters will be taking part in events to build awareness and will be asked to join in the Nation’s Biggest Housewarming a series of community events taking place on the same day.

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EDITORS NOTES

  1. NEA is a leading fuel poverty charity campaigning for affordable warmth in the homes of vulnerable people. For further details visit www.nea.org.uk.
  2. Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is part of NEA’s Warm Homes Campaign.
  3. Support for Fuel Poverty Awareness Day can be found on Twitter @NEA_UKCharity and #fuelpovertyawarenessday.
  4. NEA’s Manifesto for Warmth can be found at www.nea.org.uk/manifesto from 00:01, 27 February 2015
  5. NEA has also launched a new campaign website www.actionforwarmhomes.uk where members of the public can see the scale of fuel poverty in their area and Parliamentarians and election candidates can find a new module to learn more about fuel poverty, click here.
  6. NEA is seeking a clear cross party to introduce an additional, long-term, funding stream to radically improve the energy efficiency of 2 million low income homes by 2020 and end the suffering caused by fuel poverty within 10 years.
  7. This investment would complement current domestic energy efficiency schemes and should prioritise poor housing, occupied by low income vulnerable households in deprived communities. NEA is backing the use of infrastructure funds, VAT on energy bills, and Carbon taxes to pay for the additional investment.

For further information regarding the analysis or assumptions made within the report: A Manifesto for Warmth, please contact peter.smith@nea.org.uk or call 07595780893.

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