Warm Homes Campaign 2017
PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT FOR FIVE KEY ACTIONS TO BOOST INCOMES AND REDUCE ENERGY COSTS
NEA is asking the UK Government to take five key actions to boost incomes and reduce costs for the poor this winter.
Key action 1: DWP should pause the acceleration in rolling out universal credit, listen to problems clients are experiencing with the programme and fix unresolved issues, including reducing the six week waiting period for claimants to receive their first payment as a matter of priority.
Key action 2: HMT should reverse the freeze on working-age benefits and tax credits and uprate them with inflation.
Key action 3: BEIS should reduce the threshold for suppliers to have to deliver the Warm Home Discount (WHD) to low income and vulnerable energy consumers to 50,000 customers and, in future scheme years, safeguard the industry initiatives component of WHD which supports households to reduce fuel debt and alleviate fuel poverty.
Key action 4: Ofgem should work with BEIS to use data sharing powers under the Digital Economy Act to extend the vulnerable customer safeguard tariff to all low income and vulnerable energy households eligible for the Warm Home Discount (WHD) Broader Group (approximately 2 million). Until then, obligated suppliers should consider voluntarily applying the cap to customers on standard variable tariffs not in receipt of WHD but with identified financial vulnerabilities.
Key action 5: HMT should use the Autumn Budget 2017 to establish a national boiler scheme providing emergency assistance to low income households without a functioning heating system due to a broken and or unsafe boiler that cannot be replaced under other programmes.