NEA work closely with CCNI across many aspects of our work, but especially in relation to consumer protection and policy development. We value the strong working relationship we have developed and look forward to continuing to work together in the coming years as we strive to eradicate fuel poverty in Northern Ireland.
In responding to this consultation, it is important that we reflect on the context of the past 18 months which have been some of the most difficult for energy consumers and in particular, vulnerable households, who have been faced with soaring prices and little in the way of government support when compared to other regions of the UK. The increase in energy bills, along with rising food prices and high levels of inflation, have deepened the levels of hardship facing households in NI, pushing many more people into fuel poverty.
Without a real and concerted effort from all stakeholders in the Northern Ireland energy system these problems will only continue to mount up, and it will be vulnerable members of our society that are impacted the most.