Over four million households are estimated to be living in fuel poverty in the UK and are unable to afford to heat their home to an adequate temperature.
The three main fuel poverty contributors to are:
- Low income
- Poorly insulated homes
- High fuel prices
It is reported that the latest energy price cap from 1st October 2021 will result in a further 1/2 million households falling into fuel poverty.
The harsh reality is that this figure will more than likely continue to rise throughout the winter period when temperatures drop and the poorest households struggle to juggle basic living costs. According to National Energy Action (NEA), cold homes cause more than 10,000 winter deaths.
What is Fuel Poverty?
Fuel poverty is simply not being able to afford to keep your home warm. However, there is an official definition.
In England (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland use different indicators), a person is defined as being in fuel poverty using the Low Income Low Energy Efficiency (LILEE) indicator if:
- they are living in a property with an energy efficiency rating of band D or below
- and after they spend the required amount to heat their home, they are left with a remaining income below the official poverty line
Households are below the UK poverty line if their income is 60% below the average household income after housing costs for that year.
Earlier in 2021, The Guardian reported that the poverty rate among UK working households is the highest ever.
Fuel Poverty Awareness Day
Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, highlights the support required to keep more people warm and well this winter and beyond #FuelPovertyAwarenessDay
Find more information about Fuel Poverty Awareness Day and see how you can get involved.
About Energy Angels
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Any housing associations and social landlords serious about reducing their energy and administration costs should access our void energy management team.
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