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What is fuel poverty?
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NEA is the only national fuel poverty charity. They do not focus on one particular group of people; instead they offer services to anyone who cannot afford to heat their home. For more than 30 years they have helped thousands of households directly, and millions indirectly, to escape from fuel poverty, through our local project work and by campaigns that have influenced central and local government policies.
Effects of Living in Fuel Poverty
The consequences of fuel poverty range from psychological stress, worry and social isolation, to causing or exacerbating serious illness such as respiratory and circulatory conditions. Over the next 15 years, it is predicted that over 125,000 premature deaths will occur as a result of people living in cold homes throughout the UK.
Those in fuel poverty often have to face the stark choice between spending what they need to heat their home adequately and falling into debt; or rationing their energy use and living in cold damp homes that are dangerous to their health. Others spend money on fuel and reduce their purchasing of other necessities, such as food. Statistics show that 20% of parents living in fuel poverty regularly go without food so that their children can eat (Cooper et al., 2014).
It is most prevalent among vulnerable households, including:
- those on low incomes
- people with children under the age of 16
- people with disabilities or suffering from a long-term illness
- older people
Fuel poverty can be particularly severe in rural areas where properties are often older, not suitable for cavity wall insulation, are off the gas network and have to rely on more expensive forms of heating.
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Thank you for supporting NEA by choosing to make a one-off donation. Whether you donate £1 or £100, you’ll be making a huge difference to the lives of people suffering in fuel poverty. If you are a UK taxpayer you can also Gift Aid your donation – for every £1 you donate we are able to reclaim 25p of tax from HMRC