Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

  • February 15, 2017
  • Posted by: Rosalie Boyles

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, on Friday 17th February, is the national day to raise awareness of fuel poverty and cold homes.

Part of National Energy Action (NEA) Warm Homes Campaign, it is a chance to highlight the problems faced by those struggling to keep warm in their homes as well as the excellent work being undertaken to tackle the issues.

You can support Fuel Poverty Awareness Day by signing up to their Twitter Thunderclap. The NEA would love your support, whether as an individual or as an organisation. The NEA need a minimum of 100 supporters to make the thunderclap work. By tweeting out at the same time they’re hoping to make a big impact and for a collective voice to be heard.

Please click here to tweet the NEA message:

“Supporting National Energy Action’s #fuelpovertyawarenessday because no one should have to live in a cold home.”

It only takes a few minutes.

What is fuel poverty?

Fuel poverty definition in England and Wales

Until recently, the usual definition of fuel poverty was that a household was considered to be in fuel poverty when it needed to spend more than 10% of its income on fuel – or energy as it is often called.

However, in June 2013, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)* published ‘A framework for future action’ which set out the Government’s intention to adopt a new definition of fuel poverty for England.

This new definition states that a household is said to be in fuel poverty if:

  • They have required fuel costs that are above average (the national median level), and
  • Were they to spend that amount they would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line.

This also uses a fuel poverty gap – i.e. the difference between a household’s ‘modelled’ (average) bill and what their bill would need to be for them to no longer be fuel poor.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland still largely use the old definition: that a person is living in fuel poverty if, to heat their home to a satisfactory standard, they need to spend more than 10 per cent of their household income on fuel.

* DECC was closed on 14 July 2016 by the Prime Minister Theresa May. Energy issues will now be covered by a new department called Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Causes of fuel poverty

Fuel poverty is caused by a convergence of three factors:

  • low income, which is often linked to absolute poverty
  • high fuel prices, including the use of relatively expensive fuel sources (such as electricity in the UK, aggravated by higher tariffs for low-volume energy users)
  • poor energy efficiency of a home, e.g. through low levels of insulation and old or inefficient heating systems

How we can help

If you are having difficulties with your energy bills and keeping your home warm, please come along to one of our drop-in sessions, information and opening times can be found on our website at www.citizensadvicehrs.org.uk/get-advice-contact/

We can provide information and advice as well as practical and financial help to eligible clients through our Surviving Winter grant which is funded by the Two Ridings Community Foundation.

You can also download a copy of our Energy Best Deal booklet which is full of useful information and tips on saving money on your energy bills.

Energy Best Deal Booklet

Energy Best Deal Booklet – Accessible format

Energy Best Deal Booklet – Easy read format