Budget leaves millions of the poorest people out in the cold


For immediate release: 11 March 2020
Contact: Sarah Wright 0191 269 2942 / sarah.wright@nea.org.uk. Out of hours (07884371913)

Adam Scorer, Chief Executive of NEA comments:

“The circumstances of today’s Budget are exceptional, but warm words on improving energy efficiency for people living in fuel poverty have hardened into a firm and cold shoulder.

“While the same amount of funding promised for the fuel poor has been committed to pot holes, the only energy efficiency measure is a new gas tax, which may drive aspects of the decarbonisation agenda, but has the potential to hit the poorest, hardest.

“I hope that the lack of measures today is a matter of timing and that manifesto promises will reappear in the Net Zero Carbon Review or the Comprehensive Spending Review. If not these omissions and new taxes will leave millions of the poorest energy consumers out in the cold and leave the fuel poverty strategy for England as a piece of hollow rhetoric.”


Notes to editors

  • NEA works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure that everyone in the UK can afford to live in a warm, dry home.
  • The Conservative Party manifesto 2019 pledged £9.2bn efficiency within homes, schools and hospitals to help reduce energy bills. This was split between energy efficiency improvements for social homes, a home improvement grant scheme for fuel poor private tenure homes and a public building decarbonisation fund (Table 6 in the manifesto costings document).
  • To read more about NEA’s joint campaign with Fair By Design to protect and expand the Warm Home Discount read our joint PR with Fair By Design and joint report here.



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