Action to tackle fuel poverty

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day today is an urgent reminder that too many people struggle to keep themselves warm without falling in to debt.

Fuel poverty affects over 3.5 million people across the country, almost 400,000 in the North West. Numbers are increasing.

Fuel poverty is caused by low incomes, high energy prices and energy inefficient housing. Each demands government action to get to the root causes.

However, National Energy Action has produced a useful Warm and Safe Homes Action guide, with tips on reducing energy costs, paying bills and seeking help when it is needed, that make a real difference to individuals.

It’s ‘The Nation’s Biggest Housewarming’ day today aims to raise awareness of the issues and encourage people and government to act.

When people can’t keep warm at home, it can have a serious impact on physical and mental health. Cold homes increase the risk of cardiovascular and respiratory problems. Low temperatures also reduce resistance to infection. Cold homes have also been linked to poor mental health such as anxiety and stress.

With news of energy providers due to impose further price increases, we need action now.