Safe, Warm Homes

The Safe, Warm Homes Working Group uniquely brings together a range of partner organisations covering the energy, health, safety and housing sectors. The Group aims to utilise the Age Action Alliance as a means of identifying and supporting older households on housing, fuel poverty, energy efficiency and safety issues. The Group intends that its work will reduce the level of excess winter deaths in the UK, and tackle issues of morbidity linked to living in cold and poor housing conditions, while identifying and promoting good practice for wider dissemination/adoption.

A Message from the Chair

Maria Wardrobe Director of External Affairs National Energy Action

Maria Wardrobe Director of External Affairs National Energy Action

“NEA is delighted that after two successful years, the Alliance has over 600 members. Members have been instrumental in helping NEA deliver two research programmes and another currently underway with funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The programmes have aimed to identify how older people can be better supported to access the advice and support available to them on matters relating to fuel poverty and energy efficiency in order to maximise the benefit to these households.

If you haven’t already joined the Alliance please do so. If you have any resources or information relevant to the Safe Warm Homes Group please let us know so we can feature them on our site.”

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Fuel Poverty – the Facts

Even at a conservative estimate, based on the Government’s new definition in England, there are currently 2.4 households which are estimated to be living in fuel poverty, that is they are unable to afford to heat their homes to the level required for comfort and wellbeing.

Fuel poverty is caused by three factors;

  • Inadequate heating and insulation
  • Low incomes
  • The increasingly high cost of energy

It is most prevalent amongst vulnerable households including;

  • Those on low incomes
  • People with children under the age of 16
  • People with disabilities or suffering from a long-term illness
  • Older people

The consequences of fuel poverty range from psychological stress, worry and social isolation, to causing or exacerbating serious illness such as respiratory and circulatory conditions. Those in fuel poverty often have to face the stark choice between spending what they need to heat their home adequately and either falling into debt; or rationing their energy use and living in cold damp homes that are dangerous to their health. Others spend money on fuel and reduce their purchasing of other necessities, such as food.

Fuel poverty can be particularly severe in rural areas where properties are often colder, are not suitable for cavity wall insulation, and are off the gas network and so have to rely on more expensive forms of heating.

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