Contact your MP to make a difference
As you are probably aware, we are in the midst of an energy crisis and you can make a difference by getting in contact with your MP.
Since the price cap rise this April 2022 we estimate that 6.5 million UK households are now in fuel poverty.
The government announced two measures to mitigate the crisis
- A council tax rebate of £150 for people in bands A to D, in April
- A £200 energy bill rebate in October – that will need to be paid back at the rate of £40 a year for five years per household.
We think these measures are ‘woefully inadequate’. The support is not targeted to help the most vulnerable.
With millions of people struggling, please let your MP know that these measures do not go far enough. If you would like to support us please let them know.
Tweet your MP
If you want to contact your MP via Twitter:
- Find them here https://tweetyourmp.com/
- Copy the tweet below, including your MP’s twitter handle and include the hashtags #EnergyCrisis #TargetedEnergySupport #StopTheEnergyRebate
- Send tweet
“I’m a constituent, @MPTWITTERHANDLE, and I’m calling on you to back @NEA_UKCharity and provide greater financial support for the most vulnerable during the #EnergyCrisis. Those in fuel poverty need #TargetedEnergySupport before the #SpringStatement. #StopTheEnergyRebate.”
Write to your MP
If you want to contact your MP by email:
- Find your MP’s email address here using the search below.
- Copy the letter below and amend it to include – your MP’s name, your name and your address with postcode (you must include this so they know you are a constituent).
- If you have time, then please amend the letter as you see fit. The more personal the letter, the more likely your MP is to pay attention.
- Email the letter to your MP.
To find out the contact details of your MP, enter you post code in the box below.
(Please amend the letter as you see fit. The more personal the letter, the more likely your MP is to pay attention.)
Your MP’s Name
House of Commons
I am asking you to urge the UK Government to address rising energy costs and support energy efficiency schemes over the crucial months ahead.
April’s 54% price cap increase is now hitting households hard. Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action is predicting a further 2 million households have been plunged into fuel poverty. The total number is now 6.5 million. This is unsurprising given record price increases meaning the cost of heating the average home has doubled over the last 18 months.
On top of rising energy bills, historically high levels of inflation, higher rents and fuel prices mean millions of families are now struggling to afford the basics they need to live their lives and raise their children. Stories of elderly and vulnerable people taking desperate steps such as riding on buses and resorting to open fires to reduce or stop their energy usage at home are now commonplace. This should not be happening in the world’s fifth largest economy.
I recognise that the Government has introduced a package of support to reduce energy bills. However, 2/3 of this £9 billion support will have to be repaid directly by householders. I am calling on you as my local MP to pressure Government to provide deeper and more targeted financial support before next winter. This is essential because the £200 Energy Bill Rebate will not take effect until October, when prices are expected to rise again and another harsh winter beckons. The scheme is not suitable for the 4.5 million households using pre-payment meters for energy. I am urging you to call on the Government to support these households with a non-repayable grant so they can keep warm next winter. It is also now clear that the price cap needs to be supported by a Social Tariff which would be mandated across all suppliers and provide a consistent buffer against rising costs.
There is much more Government can do on energy efficiency too. The Energy Security Strategy is a welcome development. However, it failed to adequately address energy efficiency, a key tool in reducing energy demand and protecting fuel poor households. The UK has the least efficient housing stock in Europe. Research has shown that a failure to invest in energy efficiency to meet the scale of demand has added more than £2.5 billion to gas bills over the past decade. I am urging you to call on Government to bring forward legislation for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) before summer recess. Failure to do this will see 23,000 low-income households miss out on insulation measures, which could reduce energy bills by up to £240 annually. This would have a huge impact ahead of further price increases from October onwards.
Finally, the Government must recognise that upgrading the energy efficiency of fuel poor households and supporting the transition to net zero is a key part of the Levelling Up agenda. I am calling on you to pressure the Government to meet its manifesto commitment to spend £2.5 billion on the Home Upgrade Grant this parliament. This provides financial assistance for insulation and transition to low-carbon heating for the poorest households. This will help to reduce bills, contribute to our net-zero target and wean the UK off expensive Russian Gas.
Thank you for taking the time to read and I hope you can support these calls.