Charities demand more government action on energy crisis

3 November 2022

More than 60 charities have come together to write to the new Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, to demand more support for the 7 million UK households currently in fuel poverty.

Co-ordinated by the Warm This Winter campaign, the letter calls for the support available to people this winter to be expanded and urgent clarification of energy bills support available from April 2023, a massive programme of energy efficiency measures and the speeding up of moves to cheaper renewable energy.

Richard Quallington, Executive Director of Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), is one of the signatories of the letter, and commented:

“It’s not just deprived urban areas where people will be struggling to heat their homes. Many rural parts of the country are also seeing large numbers of people running into difficulties, particularly those in older homes not connected to mains gas”

The campaign is supported by new research, which shows 76% of the population think the Government is not doing enough to support vulnerable households this winter.

You can read the letter here.