The elderly and vulnerable are at risk of falling into fuel poverty this winter, charity warns

People could be at risk of falling into severe fuel poverty this winter as all measures to help poorer households will shortly expire, a charity has warned.

The National Energy Action (NEA) have called on the Government to respond to feedback from a recent poll of those affected by this problem which shows 93% are not confident that there are sufficient resources to help fuel poor households as required by new statutory targets. They say most low income vulnerable households may receive little or no assistance from current policies despite being eligible for help.

There are 4.5 million low income households across the UK whose health and wellbeing is being severely affected as they struggle to afford the energy they need.

NEA has estimated that by 2030 over 125,000 vulnerable people across the UK could die needlessly due to living in a cold home.

Chief Executive of National Energy Action Jenny Saunders said: “NEA is urging policy makers to set out clearly how they will adequately resource initiatives that make homes warmer and healthier and in turn encourage economic growth. Specifically, we have outlined the key areas the UK Government must prioritise within the upcoming comprehensive spending review.

“We want the next supplier obligation to mark an ambitious commitment to reduce fuel poverty across GB and for the UK Government to also secure non-departmental capital infrastructure funds to deliver energy efficiency improvements through local partners.”

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