Families must not be left in the cold: Fix the Fuel Poverty Crisis!

End Fuel Poverty Coalition started a petition to The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for BEIS

Families must not be left in the cold: Fix the Fuel Poverty Crisis!
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Sign now to demand that the Government takes urgent action to ensure people don’t have to choose between heating and eating this winter. 

This means urgent financial assistance to those affected by the energy price crisis alongside rapid roll-out of programmes to improve the energy efficiency of homes.

Families must not be forced to choose between putting food on the table and heating their homes

The price of energy has sky-rocketed since the start of the year.

But while the newspapers focus on energy firms going bust, the real damage will be felt by ordinary Britons all over the UK.

Millions of people every year face the dilemma between heating their home and putting food on their tables. 

The poorest will be hardest hit by the energy price crisis

This couldn’t come at a worse time. The financial impacts of Covid-19 are still being faced by millions of people across the United Kingdom.

October marks the beginning of the ‘heating season’ - the period where we use the most energy - but this year UK households will be hit twice as hard as the price cap we pay for energy is going up from 1 October. This will make energy bills even more expensive and it will mean that we will see almost half a million additional households realise they can’t pay their bills.

At the same time, millions of people across the UK will also see a reduction in their incomes, as furlough winds down and the £20 uplift to Universal Credit will likely be taken away.

Northern Ireland is not covered by the cap but has not escaped the pain either. Consumers there are facing an immediate increase in gas bills of up to 35%.

This ‘toxic’ combination of higher prices and reduced incomes, will mean spiralling levels of debt, cold and unsafe homes, distress and anxiety as well as hugely unwelcome strain on our stretched health and social care staff.

And families in the cold have increased risks of suffering the worst effects of respiratory illnesses, such as Covid-19.

Help us call on the government to Fix the Fuel Poverty Crisis before winter strikes

There must be urgent financial support put in place to ensure people don’t have to choose between heating and eating this winter.

The government must also rapidly deploy programmes to improve the energy efficiency of homes - like providing insulation for social housing across the country.

Only through a combined package of measures can we prevent the autumn energy crisis leading to people entering a winter wilderness of poverty.

Time is quickly running out for the government to act.

Our members

End Fuel Poverty Coalition is a broad coalition of over 20 anti-poverty, environmental and health campaigners, local authorities, trade unions and consumer organisations. Find out more about our members at http://www.endfuelpoverty.org.uk/who-we-are/

​If you want to support our work, one of our members is crowdfunding right now, just click here to support Fuel Poverty Action: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fuelpovertyaction.

From all of us on the Coalition - thank you for your support on this campaign so far.

Your action today can help us win this. Here's why.

The Government must take urgent action to ensure millions of Britons don’t have to choose between heating their homes and putting food on their tables this winter.
End Fuel Poverty Coalition
End Fuel Poverty Coalition

The campaign is working

Thank you to everyone who has signed and shared our petition.

The pressure is paying off. 

We've heard from sources in the media that the Chancellor is considering an announcement about the fuel poverty crisis on Monday at Conservative Party Conference.

So let's keep the pressure up!

If you haven't done so, please ask friends and family to sign the petition and share it on social media.

You could also consider explaining why you support our petition in an email to your MP. You can find out how to contact them here: https://www.writetothem.com/

Thank you once again for your support so far.


End Fuel Poverty Coalition
End Fuel Poverty Coalition

Thanks for being among the first to sign!

Thank you for being among the first to sign the petition. 

Our campaign is now well and truly up and running. 

Media and politicians have been reacting to the publication of the End Fuel Poverty Coalition’s new Index revealing the areas worst affected by fuel poverty.

Media coverage for the launch of the map has been widespread with Sky News leading on the story alongside coverage in the Big IssueThe GuardianThe iPolitics.co.ukITVLBC and Yahoo! The story even got international attention with broadcasters in Japan, Germany and the Netherlands talking about the issue and EuroNews running an in-depth look at the crisis.

As the number of households in fuel poverty is expected to pass 4m this winter, the Government and Councils are feeling the heat to act.

This petition is so that people can send a message to the UK Government.

Meanwhile, local authorities have been put under pressure to pass the End Fuel Poverty Coalition motion to take action on the ground.

The motion can be read online (http://www.endfuelpoverty.org.uk/end-fuel-poverty-councillor-pledge/end-fuel-poverty-council-motion/) and the public can write to councillors to ask them to table the motion at a session of the council.

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“We have a very hard winter ahead of us for all sorts of reasons . Action should be taken to support those who cannot pay bills.”
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“No one should ever have to choose between food or heat - both are necessary to live!”
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Maddy W has helped recruit 5 more signatures and 1 more supporters so far!
“This winter will be lethal for many unless urgent intervention is made. There is plenty of money. Huge windfall profits are further enriching wealthy individuals and favoured corporations. The switch that must happen is to renewable energy, well-repaired well-insulated housing, and sustainable heating systems, as well as liveable incomes and fair pricing. Solidarity!”
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“The perfect storm for a great many people - this winter will be appalling if we don't do something about it.”
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