Show your organisation’s support for #Energy4All

To show your organisation’s support for Energy All, please fill out the form underneath the statement below.

Energy for All Statement of Support

The increases in energy prices are already causing a huge crisis for millions of UK residents. People’s health and even lives are at risk, and increased debts and disconnections are inevitable.  Now prices are to go up even further, to unprecedented heights.  

The measures proposed by the government to soften the blow barely scratch the surface of what is needed.  Even proposals by charities and others to increase means-tested benefits and support for people in fuel poverty fall very far short, and, as the crisis widens, they do not reach enough people. In many cases proposals are also regressive – benefiting well off customers at the expense of the poorest.

We believe that the UK is a country with huge financial resources, and that no one should be forced to go cold, or go hungry in order to pay their energy bills.  

We therefore ask the government to implement the proposal from Fuel Poverty Action, which is calling for “Energy for All”. “Energy for All” would provide a basic level of energy for every household, enough for them to maintain enough heating, lighting, cooking, and other essential services. FPA say it should be funded from three sources: 

  • A windfall tax on the obscene profits being made by energy companies on the back of the prices they are charging now
  • An end to fossil fuel subsidies, which cost the UK government millions of pounds every day, only to perpetuate our dependence on polluting fuels with volatile prices which are also destroying the climate
  • Higher tariffs on energy used over the amount required for their different circumstances, to be paid by the many people who are profligate with their usage, contributing substantially to climate change, because they do not need to count the cost.  

Energy for All must be accompanied by a massive insulation programme, using an army of well-trained, well-paid retrofit workers, to further improve health, bring down bills, and cut emissions of CO2.  At the same time, a switch to renewable energy is urgent. Further investment and subsidies for gas and oil only perpetuate dependence on fuels which are volatile in price and lethal in their effect on the climate.

At present, due to fixed “standing charges”, the people who pay most per kWh are those who have cut their energy use down to practically zero, while those who pay least are the ones who can afford to heat a mansion. Energy for All would reverse this perverse effect of market pricing, and would instead give people the security we need and deserve in these unpredictable times. 

We recognise that there are many details, implications, to be worked out and objections to be dealt with, but we are sure that Energy for All would be better than the failing market we have now. We urge the government not to delay. Companies unwilling to implement Energy for All could be taken into public hands. If the market cannot supply households’ heat needs, it is not doing its job.

To share your organisation’s support for Energy for All, fill out the form below. If you have any problems with the form below, you can also fill out out directly on google forms by clicking here.

#EnergyForAll Petition- Everyone has a right to the energy needed for heating, cooking, and light

https://www.change.org/p/energyforall-everyone-has-a-right-to-the-energy-needed-for-heating-cooking-and-light

Diane Skidmore 

Energy bills have risen dramatically in the last year – and the price cap is now to increase by 54% in April. This rise will leave millions of people like me struggling with cold homes. Many of us are facing damp, ill health, darkness, hunger and misery. Before the pandemic and the price increase around 10,000 people died each winter in the UK’s cold homes. Now even more will die.  

I’m a pensioner living on a council estate in south London, and even before the recent price increases it was a struggle for me and my neighbours to keep warm. I am asthmatic, and many of us have health problems, as well as problems with our housing conditions. My grandchildren don’t even visit me because my house is too cold. I’ve been working with Fuel Poverty Action for more than ten years now. There are too many people who cannot afford or struggle to keep warm.

To end this outrage, Fuel Poverty Action is calling for #EnergyForAll.

#EnergyForAll means giving everyone a free amount of energy – that is enough energy, free, to cover the basics like heating, cooking, and lighting – to give us all the security we need, taking account of people’s actual needs related to their age, health, and housing. To pay for this new pricing system, Energy for All, we’re urging the Government to introduce a Windfall Tax on the profits of oil and gas producers, traders and suppliers, and to STOP  subsidising fossil fuels with millions of pounds every day. 

The UK is a wealthy nation, with many billionaires – now more than ever due to fortunes made in the pandemic. Many companies, including energy companies, are clocking up exceptional profits – while we struggle to pay the prices they are charging.  

No one should get ill or die because of cold homes. No one should spend days in libraries or shopping centres to keep warm. Every home should be well repaired and insulated so we don’t need so much energy in the first place. We need your help to stop the outrage of fuel poverty – please sign and share this petition!

The government says we will get £200 back – but that will be a loan which we’ll have to repay in future bills. I have no idea where that money will come from in the future. They also say most people will get an extra £150 – very welcome, but far from enough.  From April, many will see an increase of around £700 per year – more if your home is poorly insulated, or if you are on a prepayment meter, like many people on low incomes. 

Instead of filling the pockets of fossil fuel companies, taxpayers money should be used to make sure everyone can keep warm. And the pricing system should be fair. 

At present, we pay more per unit of gas or electricity if we use less of it. At present, we pay a high standing charge even when we use very little energy, or none at all.   Our new pricing system, Energy for All,  would eliminate that injustice and turn pricing right side up. 

Please join my campaign to ensure we get #EnergyForAll. 

Note: “e4a: Energy for All” is a proposal for a new pricing structure for energy, and is entirely distinct from energy4all.co.uk which supports community renewable energy projects. Fuel Poverty Action also strongly supports the aims and cooperative initiatives of Energy4All. 

Help us fight fuel poverty as energy prices soar – make a donation to Fuel Poverty Action’s Crowdfunder

Fuel Poverty Action’s Crowdfunder needs your support!

On Oct 1, half a million more households will be at risk of Fuel Poverty, having to choose between heating their home and putting food on the table.

As the costs of fossil fuels soar this autumn, everyone is being hit by rising bills. Many are already desperate, and 1.5 million people have also been affected by their energy supplier going bust in the past few days. Meanwhile Universal Credit is to be cut. Over three million people in the UK live in fuel poverty and this will increase by another 500,000 households when the Price Cap is raised on 1st October. 

For ten years, Fuel Poverty Action has been advising, campaigning, and joining with dozens of other organisations – from tenants and residents associations to climate campaigns – to organise for change. As well as supporting people in crisis, we will continue to press the government for real solutions: liveable incomes, affordable, climate-friendly energy, and safe, warm housing. We are a member of the End Fuel Poverty Coalition. You can support the Coalition’s petition for urgent financial assistance to those affected by the energy price crisis alongside rapid roll-out of programmes to improve the energy efficiency of homes: https://actionstorm.org/petitions/fuel-poverty-crisis 

Cold homes kill. Help us fight for affordable, sustainable energy.

We work with people organising to make their homes fit to live in – battling energy suppliers or landlords, fighting for their own, their families’ and neighbours’ survival. We insist that “affordable” and “sustainable” homes and energy are not incompatible goals, but two sides of a coin, and equally urgent. 

To do this –  we need you!

The best help you could give us is to sign up for a monthly donation. If you can’t do this, you can make a one off donation; or share our crowdfunder in your networks.

Thank you for the overwhelming support you have given us so far! We could not do this without you.

– Alexa, Ruth, Gianluca, Joana, Maddy, Phil, Rhiannon, Diane, Frances L, Frances S, Graeme, Steve, Ellen, Aisha, Bridgit, Matthew and everyone else at Fuel Poverty Action.

Winter Fuel Donation Appeal

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It’s that time of the year again. As winter kicks in, many people struggling to pay high energy bills are getting much needed relief. Universal Winter Fuel Payments for pensioners are essential to ensure that everyone can get help. However, for those who receive the payment and do not need it, please consider donating to Fuel Poverty Action to support those living in fuel poverty.
To help us fight for better insulation, fair prices, renewable energy, and warm homes, please donate today.
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