Around 4 million UK households are in fuel poverty, unable to afford to live in a warm, dry home. National Energy Action is the national charity working to end fuel poverty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Fuel poverty causes misery, ill health and premature death in millions of households across the UK.
High energy prices, dwindling household incomes and abysmally low standards of domestic energy efficiency are all contributing to a cold homes crisis. Right now, people are facing difficult choices about whether to heat their homes and forgo another household necessity such as food, or spending what they need to keep warm and avoid falling into debt.
The key to tackling this problem is improving the energy efficiency of housing, to address the injustice that sees the poorest households spending £1 billion more a year on energy compared to non-fuel poor households. There is also a need to improve the quality of, and access to, energy advice and services; recognise the impact that welfare reform is having on fuel poverty levels in the UK; and ensure that all households are able to engage in the competitive energy market.
You can get involved either as an individual member or as part of a Corporate Partner, working in collaboration to tackle fuel poverty.