I’m supporting National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day today, in the hope we can push tackling fuel poverty back up the political agenda again. There are an estimated 5,312 households living in fuel poverty in Bristol East (12.3% of households) and, on average, every year they need to pay nearly £500 more than their better-off neighbours to sustain a warm home. To those suffering long term health conditions, the effect of living in a cold home can cause considerable suffering and even early death.
I would like to flag a trial scheme that is being offered by Bristol Energy – Warm Homes Plus – which offers reduced energy bills for fuel-poor households in Bristol – details at https://bristol-energy.co.uk/warm-homes-plus I very much hope it reaches those in the city who need it most.
Under the coalition Government, household energy efficiency installations declined by 80%. This Government recently announced changes to its energy efficiency scheme (the Energy Company Obligation), which rightly shifted its focus more towards fuel-poor homes, but has still massively reduced the overall pot for energy efficiency measures.
Clearly more needs to be done to improve the quality of energy efficiency installations. The recent Bonfield Review made recommendations about how the industry could raise standards, but the Government’s attitude has been to leave the industry to get on with it.
Have a look at the NEA website
, which is full of information and advice.