24 August 2011


The announcement today by Power NI’s that their electricity prices are to rise from the 1st October will make it even more difficult for households in Northern Ireland to meet their heating and energy needs.
Pat Austin, Director of National Energy Action Northern Ireland, said:
“Research from Coalition member, Save the Children[1], shows that in Northern Ireland for every 1 per cent increase in domestic energy prices, an additional 2,800 households become fuel poor.  This increase could therefore see an additional 52,000 households in fuel poverty.
It is simply unacceptable that in Northern Ireland today energy prices are so high that an increasing number of households cannot afford adequately heat their homes.  The Fuel Poverty Coalition calls on the Northern Ireland Executive to comprehensively grasp this issue, and look how it can proactively support those households which are struggling on a daily basis to afford their energy bills, and develop a clearly costed action plan that sets out when and how fuel poverty will be eradicated in Northern Ireland.”

[1] The impact of Fuel Poverty on Children, Save the Children, December 2008.