An estimated 43,900 excess winter deaths occurred in England and Wales - the highest level since 1999/00.
Chancellor Osborne misses opportunity to make homes more energy efficient despite escalating numbers dying in cold homes.
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd (Wed 18 November) announced a shift away from coal but promised precious little on making homes energy efficient - particularly for people on low incomes living in cold damp homes.
Just £3 billion spent on an energy efficiency infrastructure programme would take 2 million low income homes out of fuel poverty, while saving 26 per cent of gas imports and creating 108,000 jobs.
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Welcome to the End Fuel Poverty Coalition
The End Fuel Poverty Coalition aims to see:
- The energy efficiency of all low-income households’ homes improved (by 2025) to those of homes built today
- Energy efficient homes a central priority for investment in the country’s infrastructure
- A cross-departmental Fuel Poverty Strategy which brings together policies on social well-being, health inequalities, housing affordability, climate change and poverty
- Energy efficiency policies co-ordinated and implemented at a local level
- Fuel companies providing a better deal to those on low incomes and households in difficult to heat homes
- Employment and income policies to meet the current costs of living
- A reduction in the proportion of household budgets required for essential goods and services, including energy.
Fuel poverty – the cold facts
- 4.5 million – the number of fuel poor homes in the UK
- 2.3 million – the number of fuel poor homes in England
- 96% - the percentage of fuel poor homes that are poorly insulated
- 21 million – the number homes in the UK with poor energy efficiency (below Band C on an EPC – Energy Performance Certificate)
Insulation and Energy Efficiency
- 4.5 million – the number of households that received energy efficiency improvements during the last Parliament (2010-2015)
- 1 million – the number of households that will receive energy efficiency improvements under Conservative Government plans for this Parliament (2015-2020)
- 78% - The reduction in the number of households that will receive energy efficiency improvements over the next 5 years if only 1 million households are helped
- 270 – The number of years it would take to make all UK homes energy efficient (EPC Band C) if Government only insulates 1 million homes over the next 5 years with 1 measure each and trend continues.
- 35 – The number of years we have left to de-carbonise UK homes to help avoid dangerous climate change.
- 15 – The number of years the Government have pledged to take in their Fuel Poverty Strategy to make all fuel poor homes energy efficient (EPC Band C)
- 94 – The number of years it will take to make all fuel poor homes energy efficient (EPC Band C) if no new funding is provided
- 1 – The average number of energy efficiency improvements installed per home under the Government’s flagship programme, the Energy Company Obligation
- 3 – The average number of additional energy efficiency improvements (eg new boiler, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation top up) needed to make a fuel poor home energy efficient (EPC Band C)
- £386 – How much extra fuel poor household needs to pay to stay warm compared to an average UK household
- £1,274 – How much more a fuel poor household living in an EPC G rated home needs to pay to stay warm compared to an average UK household
Cold Man of Europe
- 14 / 16 – The UK’s ranking on fuel poverty in Western Europe
- 16 / 16 – The UK’s ranking in Western Europe for the proportion of people who cannot afford to adequately heat their home
- £100 billion – The amount of public funds the chancellor will allocate to infrastructure projects over the next 5 years
- £0 – The amount of infrastructure funds so far allocated to fix the UK energy inefficient housing stock
- £8.7 billion – the economic return from insulating the UK housing stock. This is comparable to the return from other infrastructure projects like roads and railways
- 26% – The reduction in gas imports that could be achieved if all homes were made energy efficient (at least Band C)
- 24,940 – The average number of Excess Winter Deaths each year in England and Wales
- 27,405 – The average number of Excess Winter Deaths each year in the UK. More die from cold homes than alcohol, Parkinson’s or traffic accidents.
Who we are
The End Fuel Poverty Coalition is made up of poverty, environmental, health, trade union and consumer organisations.