Fuel Poverty Action (FPA), is a grassroots campaign made of up a group of ordinary people who have had enough of the for-profit, fossil fuel based energy system dominated by the Big Six and are fighting to give the power back to communities.
By applying pressure to energy companies and politicians, FPA campaigns for warm, well insulated homes and clean, affordable energy that meet the needs of the community. FPA represents those who are fed up with being robbed by greedy energy companies through spiralling bills, rip-off prepayment meters and soaring profits.
In the winter of 2012, 30,000 people died of winter cold in the UK. According to Age UK, 90% of these deaths were people over 60 years old. Fuel poverty, occurs when people can’t afford to heat their homes. This can be related to the hardship that the older generation suffered during the war, so they try endure the cold winter temperatures which creates deadly health problems. Millions more people have struggled to find the money to pay bills or top up prepayment meters. Rising prices are putting millions of people in fuel debt meaning they cannot switch supplier to get a lower tariff, or were forced to have prepayment meters installed in their property at their own cost. The spiral effect of continued higher than necessary prices has a huge impact on the fuel poor. As a result millions of people will worry about they are going to heat their homes this winter.
In response the FPA have developed the Energy Bills of Rights, an eight point list outlining the rights of us all, in regard to energy and living in a warm, comfortable home. The Energy Bill of Rights aims to give everyone confidence to fight for a fairer, affordable, sustainable energy system owned by us, not by foreign corporations. FPA will support collection action to demand for their rights, through sharing knowledge and organising events. The FPA are encouraging as many individuals and organisations as possible to sign up and show support for the bill and ditching the Big Six, a movement which BHESCo positively supports.
Read the Energy Bills of Rights and the energy mini-guide (http://www.fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/FPA-mini-guide.pdf) from FPA, which has been developed to provide advice for those struggling with energy bills.
BHESCo has shown support for the Energy Bill of Rights through the following statement:
Large energy suppliers, many of which are foreign owned, dominate the market and reap unjust profits, by exploiting vulnerable or uninformed people. Home owners, tenants, landlords and business across the country must make properties more energy efficient, more comfortable places to live and work, and to supply affordable heating in their properties. BHESCo is committed to helping to combat fuel poverty in the community of Brighton & Hove, reducing energy usage and bills, making homes and businesses more energy efficient and generating energy from clean, renewable sources. We along with other social enterprises in our industry recognise that this is the most economically beneficial alternative which is why we wholeheartedly support Fuel Poverty Action’s Energy Bill of Rights. We will help bring about community action, community generation and control to individuals to ensure a secure, sustainable and clean energy future. We are working to introduce our own community energy tariff to help protect our community from paying too much for their electricity and heating.