Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

Today is Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, the national day to raise awareness of the issue of fuel poverty and the solutions available

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is coordinated by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action and is the national day to raise awareness of some of the issues faced by those living in cold homes and the solutions available.

Around four million households in the UK are in fuel poverty, unable to afford the energy they need to stay warm and safe at home. Earlier this week, the ONS released figures highlighting that 23,200 people extra people in England and Wales died in winter 2018-19 compared to the rest of the year, and of these 30% are estimated to be because of cold homes. The figures, while shocking, are also just the tip of the iceberg, with many others suffering from poor physical and mental health and the resulting impact on health services costing the NHS between £1.4 and £2bn every year in England alone.

What is NEA doing?

We’ll be using the day to call for cross-party consensus on tackling fuel poverty and ending needless winter deaths, ahead of the BBC General Election debate taking place at 7pm this evening. You can read our press release here.

We’ll also be launching our Warm and Safe Homes Campaign, and will be sharing details on the impact of fuel poverty, and some tips on how to stay warm and safe at home.

What can you do?

  • We would love for you to support us using social media using the hashtags #FuelPovertyAwarenessDay and #WarmSafeHomes. We will endeavour to like and re-tweet anything you post on the day.
  • Read our Warm and Safe Homes Action Guide available here and disseminate to anybody in your area who may find it useful.
  • Share our videos, infographics and talk to people in your area about support available to them. Our media pack is available here.

Fuel Poverty affects so many people within your communities so we’d really appreciate your support in raising awareness of the support available.

For more information

If you have any questions regarding Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, please contact michael.potter@nea.org.uk

If you are a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, or you would like to learn more about our key asks of a new government, visit www.nea.org.uk/campaigns-policy/general-election-2019/

Please note that the Nations’ Biggest Housewarming fundraising day will be held on Wednesday 5th February 2020. For more information contact alice.dalgleish@nea.org.uk.



Published on 28-11-2019
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