The rapid increases in energy prices from late 2021 onwards, along with the wider cost of living pressures, reports of mounting energy debts, and some households ‘self-disconnecting’ and having to drastically cut their energy usage, have all led to heightened concerns about the extent and severity of fuel poverty and its impact on people.

After the fuel bills almost doubled last October compared to 2021, we are still struggling because they didn’t come down. When combined with the rising cost of food and clothing, and wage increases not matching the high rise in inflation, the charity National Energy Action (NEA) has estimated that the total number of households across the UK in fuel poverty increased from around 4 million in summer 2020 to 6.7 million in October 2022 and they expect it to reach 7.5 million households April 2023.

Those who are out of work or on a lower income are at a higher risk. Research suggests that people of colour, disabled people and young people will be disproportionately affected.

The government has failed to take the necessary action to protect us from the volatility of global energy prices and the United Kingdom’s reliance on climate wrecking fossil fuels.

With over 80% of UK homes now dependent on gas for heat, not only do we have a failed energy system fuelling an energy bill crisis, it continues to contribute to climate change. 

The withdrawal of government funding to help people update their homes with energy saving insulation, has left UK housing amongst the leakiest in Europe. As warmth escapes through our walls, floors and ceilings, we are left with eye watering bills and more climate-wrecking emissions.