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NEA Chief Executive awarded OBE in Queen’s New Year’s Honours

The UK’s leading fuel poverty charity is delighted that Jenny Saunders has received an OBE for services to the fuel poor and vows to carry on with its work until fuel poverty is eradicated in all UK households.

Ruth Thompson OBE, Chair of NEA is delighted at Jenny’s award:

“Jenny is well known for her unstinting contribution to ending fuel poverty. As Chief Executive of National Energy Action her leadership, energy and dedication have ensured that the plight of those unable to afford to keep their homes warm does not go unnoticed and that action is taken to help. This is a proud moment for us. We are delighted that Jenny’s work has been recognized in this way. Her award is richly deserved.”

NEA will continue to campaign under Jenny’s direction on behalf of the 5.4 million UK households living in fuel poverty. As temperatures drop and energy prices rise, NEA has consistently taken the view that heating and insulation improvements represent the only sustainable solution to ensuring long-term affordable warmth.

There is assistance available for those unable to afford the upfront cost of energy efficiency improvements, contact the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 336699 to find out if you are eligible for assistance.


1.    NEA is the UK’s leading fuel poverty charity campaigning for affordable warmth in the homes of vulnerable people. For further details visit http://www.nea.org.uk

2.    The UK Fuel Poverty Strategy defines a fuel-poor household as one needing to spend more than 10% of household income to achieve a satisfactory and healthy heating regime.

3.    Fuel poverty results from a combination of factors: low household income; unaffordable energy prices; and inadequate heating and insulation standards. The consequences of fuel poverty range from psychological distress, social isolation and physical discomfort to causing or exacerbating serious illness and, in the most extreme cases, to premature death.

4.    Jenny was also recognized in her award for her work in establishing the Chesshire Lehmann Fund which supports young academics and community groups wishing to undertake active research and evaluation into the relationship between fuel poverty and energy efficiency. For more information visit www.chesshire-lehmann.co.uk

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