As the colder weather is fast approaching, this year’s Fuel Poverty Awareness Day by the NEA (National Energy Action) will be held on Friday 27th of November, 2020.
Fuel poverty is an increasing issue where a family or household on a low income lives in a home, which is not energy efficient and therefore can’t be kept warm at a reasonable cost. Due to the global pandemic this year, it has not only resulted in a higher number of people being forced to spend more time indoors at home but also a steep rise in unemployment. This means that this winter could present further challenges for households who may be struggling with their energy bills, with the possibility of also facing unemployment or isolation.
In July 2020 the UK Government announced the Green Homes Grant Scheme to upgrade homes across England. Under this scheme, £500 million of funding will be allocated to local authorities with the aim to improve the energy efficiency of homes of low-income households, help reduce fuel poverty and phase out high carbon fossil fuel heating.