Fuel poverty: an issue for older people. Mary Milne, Senior Campaigns Officer, Age UK. About Age UK. Merger of Age Concern England and Help the Aged in 2008 Work in partnership with independent local Age UKs and older people’s groups.
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Mary Milne, Senior Campaigns Officer, Age UK
‘I could only afford to have my heating on in the morning for an hour or so and then at night. So through the day it was horrendous, it was bitterly cold in this house, bitterly cold. It was damp too – all my clothes were damp, even in the wardrobe.
‘In the winter you put £25 a week on your gas, £20 a week for your electric that’s £45 gone. That’s without everything else. We don’t have luxuries in this house. I don’t even have a carpet that fits. My priority is to try to keep some warmth in the house.’
The cost of insulating an average home
is less than
a 4 week stay in hospital
We are campaigning for warm homes as part of the Energy Bill Revolution alliance.