4.5m UK homes 'in fuel poverty'

Press Association
File photo dated 04/09/10 of an electric fire as an estimated 4.5 million UK homes are living in fuel poverty and the Government is not doing enough to tackle the crisis, according to a report. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday March 28, 2014. The UK Fuel Poverty Monitor, from the charities National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS), said the VAT from energy bills could be used to bring all UK housing occupied by low-income households up to the standard of a new home. The study said those in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland were more likely to live in fuel poverty but also more likely to receive support for energy efficiency measures. The average investment on energy efficiency programmes for low income households in England was just ?3.52 per electricity customer, compared to ?36.48 in Scotland, ?31.31 in Wales and ?27.55 in Northern Ireland, the report stated. It said the discretion given to energy companies to meet their efficiency targets had led to those technically eligible for assistance either not receiving it because the measures they needed were too costly or they were being asked for a contribution they could not afford. See PA story CONSUMER Fuel. Photo credit should read: Katie Collins/PA Wire
File photo dated 04/09/10 of an electric fire as an estimated 4.5 million UK homes are living in fuel poverty and the Government is not doing enough to tackle the crisis, according to a report. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday March 28, 2014. The UK Fuel Poverty Monitor, from the charities National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS), said the VAT from energy bills could be used to bring all UK housing occupied by low-income households up to the standard of a new home. The study said those in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland were more likely to live in fuel poverty but also more likely to receive support for energy efficiency measures. The average investment on energy efficiency programmes for low income households in England was just ?3.52 per electricity customer, compared to ?36.48 in Scotland, ?31.31 in Wales and ?27.55 in Northern Ireland, the report stated. It said the discretion given to energy companies to meet their efficiency targets had led to those technically eligible for assistance either not receiving it because the measures they needed were too costly or they were being asked for a contribution they could not afford. See PA story CONSUMER Fuel. Photo credit should read: Katie Collins/PA Wire

%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%An estimated 4.5 million UK homes are living in fuel poverty and the Government is not doing enough to tackle the crisis, according to a report.

The UK Fuel Poverty Monitor, from the charities National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS), said the VAT from energy bills could be used to bring all UK housing occupied by low-income households up to the standard of a new home.