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NEA wins Fuel Poverty Campaigner of the Year award

Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action was delighted to win ‘Fuel Poverty Campaigner of the year’ at the National Green Deal and ECO Awards 2014 last week.

The award recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to raising awareness of fuel poverty and leading the fight against it. NEA has worked tirelessly over the last 33 years and more recently since the introduction of the Government’s Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation to ensure the schemes can improve the lives of people living in fuel poverty.

Some of NEA’s work has involved advising Local Authorities, conducting research into how vulnerable households can benefit from the schemes, updating NEA’s City and Guilds training courses to reflect changes to the Green Deal and ECO and holding six seminars across England, Wales and Scotland to inform representatives from local authorities of Government plans for Green Deal and ECO.

Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs at NEA said “We are delighted to be awarded Fuel Poverty Campaigner of the Year. At the heart of NEA’s work are the 4.5 million UK households struggling to heat their home to the level they need to stay warm and healthy, helping these households is what drives our campaigning work. We are grateful for the support of our members and partners who have helped us to deliver our mission"
 



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1)      National Energy Action is the national fuel poverty charity. For over 30 years it has delivered campaigns, projects and other initiatives to tackle the heating and insulation problems of low-income and vulnerable households.

2)      A household is thought to be in fuel poverty if:
a.       their income is below the poverty line (taking into account energy costs); and
b.      their energy costs are higher than is typical for their household type.
The latest estimates indicate that 2.39 million households are deemed to be living in fuel poverty in England (DECC 2011). NEA estimates that in 2014 this figure is considerably higher.
3)      Further information about the National Green Deal and ECO Awards can be found at www.greendealawards.com




Claire Henderson
Communications Officer
NEA
6th Floor (Elswick)
West One
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 3PA
Tel: 0191 2615677
DL 0191 2692909
Fax: 0191 2616496
www.nea.org.uk

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