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Fuel Poverty affects approx. 4.5 million people in the UK. 2.5 million households in England alone suffer from fuel poverty, representing 11% of households.
In England, a household is considered to be fuel poor if:
- They have required fuel costs that are above average (the national median level).
- They were to pay that amount the household would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line
I'm interested in tackling climate change. Why should I talk to my MP about fuel poverty?
The refurbishment of our homes and buildings is one of the greatest opportunities we have to reduce the UK's carbon emissions. The UK's housing stock is amongst the least energy efficient in Europe and is responsible for nearly a quarter of our annual carbon emissions. Talking with your MP about fuel poverty addresses the issue of climate change in an alternative and creative way, engaging MPs who have a wide range of interests.
Health implications of living in a cold home
Fuel poverty has large impacts on the most vulnerable in our society, including the elderly and people suffering from health conditions. These health implications also have large economic impacts for the NHS.
What is already being done?
The Government has made some key steps to increase energy efficiency of homes. However, funding provided does not match the scale of the problem, and many people over the UK are still suffering from the problem.
what can i ask my MP to do?
Here you can learn more about solutions to tackling fuel poverty, including retrofitting and improving standards for all new builds. You can also view some specific 'asks' for your MP.