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6.5 million UK households in fuel poverty.
NEA estimates that the number of UK households in fuel poverty following the April price cap rise increased by 2 million, from 4.5 million to 6.5 million, an increase of more than 50% in just over six months. This means that almost a quarter of all UK households are in fuel poverty.
It’s also important to note that our estimated increase in fuel poverty is well below the modelled increases for England and Wales by the Resolution Foundation and the Welsh Government. The energy crisis is likely worse even than our estimates.
More households in fuel poverty means more households falling into debt, more households cutting back on other essentials. It means more households rationing their heating to unhealthy levels. We are seeing more demand for our energy advice and income maximisation services. We’re seeing more examples of struggling households resorting to coping strategies such as only heating one room, wearing coats indoors and using public places such as libraries to stay warm.
Polling conducted by YouGov on behalf of National Energy Action showed that 6 out of 10 British households say they would reduce their heating use by a fair amount/great deal if the cost of heating doubles. Too many would have to make a desperate choice between heating and eating.
Let’s come together to bring an end to fuel poverty.
Everything we do, we do in partnership. Our members and supporters are the heart of those partnerships and are key to what we do to help the fuel poor. Support NEA and let's work together to end this crisis!