07 November 2012
The Fuel Poverty Coalition (FPC) welcomes the announcement of a slight reduction in fuel poverty in Northern Ireland from the Department of Social Development. 
The FPC and its 160 members, call on the government to work closely with them to build upon the progress that has been made.
Pat Austin, Chair of the FPC, says
“While the FPC welcomes this reduction in fuel poverty levels in Northern Ireland from 44% to 42%, fuel poverty at 42% is too high and urgent action must be taken.  No one in Northern Ireland should have to live in a cold home.
FPC notes the work done to date by the Department for Social Development and the resource they have committed to tackling fuel poverty. However, in order to make this reduction in fuel poverty meaningful more action needs to be taken in the future.
FPC calls on the government to engage with us to find solutions to fuel poverty.”

The Fuel Poverty Coalition is calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to:

  1. Develop a detailed and costed action – plan setting out how and when fuel poverty will be eradicated in Northern Ireland.
  2. Provide support to all fuel poor households to stay warm until fuel poverty is eradicated.
Notes for Editors:
  1. The Fuel Poverty Coalition (FPC) launched on 1 November 2010, as a response to the increasing levels of fuel poverty in NI. The FPC’s focus is to move forward the fuel poverty agenda in NI, in terms of both policy and practical initiatives.
  2. For more information, visit our website at www.fuelpovertyni.org.