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Fuel Poverty in Newcastle. Newcastle Homeless Forum 1 March 2012. Outline. What is fuel poverty? Causes of fuel poverty Newcastle picture Current delivery. Fuel Poverty. “The inability to afford to adequately heat the home”.

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fuel poverty in newcastle

Fuel Poverty in Newcastle

Newcastle Homeless Forum

1 March 2012

outline
Outline
  • What is fuel poverty?
  • Causes of fuel poverty
  • Newcastle picture
  • Current delivery
slide3

Fuel Poverty

“The inability to afford to adequately heat the home”

  • A household is in fuel poverty if more than 10% of income is spent on heating the property to adequate levels
causes of fuel poverty
Causes of Fuel Poverty
  • Rising fuel prices
  • Low household income
  • Poor thermal efficiency
  • Cold, damp & unhealthy homes
energy price pressures
Energy Price Pressures

Average online direct debit £1,078

  • Energy prices have risen
  • sharply
    • gas +86%
    • electricity +39%

(DECC 2001 - 2010)

  • Too many choices
    • supplier
    • payment method
    • tariff
  • Major concerns
    • fuel debt
    • self-disconnection

Average direct debit £1,149

Average standard credit £1,247

Average prepayment meter £1,228

Figures 09/11/11, based on average ‘medium’ annual consumption of 16,500kWh gas and 3,300kWh electricity for a 3 bedroom semi-detached property.

in newcastle s 120 000 homes
In Newcastle’s 120,000 homes…
  • £1,247 average fuel bill (2012)
  • 40% residents have a health issue
  • 30% are fuel poor (Nov 2011)
  • 14.16% excess winter deaths (2009/10)
delivery of measures
Delivery of measures
  • Newcastle Warm Zone
  • Health Through Warmth
  • Warm Front
  • Modern Homes
  • Helping Hands
delivery of energy advice
Delivery of energy advice
  • Energy Centre
  • Newcastle Warm Zone
  • Energy Saving Trust
  • Utilities
  • Home Heat helpline
  • Consumer Direct
financial assistance
Financial assistance
  • Warm Home Discount
  • Social tariffs (EDF and Eon)
  • Winter Fuel Payment
  • Cold Weather Payments
  • Income maximisation
  • Debt advice
slide14

Nine-year-old Luke put down his feelings on how his home was affecting his wellbeing:

I feel cold and sad I haven’t got any heating My home is cold and damp Water runs down the wall And it makes my bed wet My fingers draw on the window It’s like fog I try to pull the cover over me But it does not work

End Child Poverty, 2008

contact details
Contact Details
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