This Friday 29 November marks Fuel Poverty Awareness Day in the UK, a national campaign to keep people warm and safe at home.
Living in a warm home is essential for health and wellbeing, but rising energy prices, low incomes and poor-quality housing means that millions of people across the UK don’t have that option.
The Warm and Safe Homes Campaign is run by national fuel poverty charity National Energy Action and is calling for greater support for those struggling to heat their homes. As part of that campaign, Fuel Poverty Awareness Day raising awareness about the hidden issue of fuel poverty, which is often particularly difficult to address in rural counties like the ones we work in as part of ASSIST.
Fuel Poverty Awareness Day exists because a cold home is often a hidden struggle. If you have friends or family who suffer from frequent illness in the winter, tend to stick to living a single room or stop inviting people round during the colder months – today may be a good opportunity to look in on them and check that they know about the support available to them.
To support the campaign online, please use the hashtag #FuelPovertyAwarenessDay across social media.