26 June 2018
NEA Northern Ireland Produce New Fuel Poverty Resource for Politicians and Frontline Workers
National Energy Action Northern Ireland (NEA NI), the leading fuel poverty charity in Northern Ireland, today released a new Fuel Poverty Action Guide for elected representatives and frontline practitioners at the Long Gallery in Parliament Buildings.
The guide is designed to be practical and easy to use for stakeholders and helps identify the best solutions for householders who are worried about keeping their homes warm and paying for energy.
In Northern Ireland there is help and support from a range of organisations and initiatives to help tackle fuel poverty and the guide signposts to these relevant services.
Launching the guide, Steven Agnew MLA said:
“Fuel poverty remains a pressing issue for many families across Northern Ireland.
We shouldn’t think of fuel poverty as a seasonal issue. I’ve worked with people in my constituency who struggle to cover gas and electricity costs when their children are on school holidays.
Low wages and high energy costs are the root cause of this problem – this guide provides much needed practical support”.
Director of NEA NI, and Chair of the NI Fuel Poverty Coalition, Pat Austin said:
“Fuel poverty is brought about by the interaction of low income, high energy prices and poor heating and insulation standards of housing stock. The 2016 Northern Ireland House Condition Survey indicates that 22% of households in Northern Ireland experience fuel poverty. It is therefore vital that anyone who has direct pathways with those struggling to heat their homes can help their clients with up to date and timely information.”
Key topics within the guide cover paying for energy, practical help for warmer homes, income maximisation and extra help for vulnerable customers.
For further information or to download a copy of the Fuel Poverty Action Guide, please click here.
Notes for Editors:
- The launch event took place in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings with opening remarks from Steven Agnew MLA.
- An online version will be available from 27th June on the NEA Northern Ireland website: nea.org.uk/northernireland/.
- NEA is the national charity seeking to end fuel poverty.