Over 200K homes set to drop into fuel poverty: As the economy tumbles amid the coronavirus pandemic and lock down over 200,000 households are set to fall into fuel poverty.
The End Fuel Poverty Coalition makes the suggestion, which warns during colder weather, a second wave of the virus arriving could be “catastrophic for individuals and health services”.
Low income, high fuel prices, poor energy efficiency, unaffordable housing and poor quality rental buildings typically characterise fuel poverty, making up around a tenth of the population, 2.4 million households in England are currently suffering from fuel poverty.
Public Health England the coalition highlights, have declared that there is “clear evidence on the links between cold temperatures and respiratory problems” and notes lowered resistance to respiratory infections in wintertime.
The government has been urged by the coalition to build on the efficiency measures outlined in its Summer Statement and called on it to save lives and help address the financial impact of the current crisis before winter by taking urgent action now.
Member of the Coalition, William Baker, from Solutions to Tackle Energy Poverty said: “It has never been more important for the government to fix the roof while the sun is shining.
“While it is summer now, colder temperatures are on the way and hundreds of thousands more people will feel the harsh reality of fuel poverty. In just a few months we could see a perfect storm of cold homes, high winter fuel bills and a future wave of COVID-19 hitting the NHS during winter – a period when it always struggles to maintain services.”
Over 200K homes set to drop into fuel poverty