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A new evaluation report shows that a small Birmingham charity has helped more than 500 vulnerable households to improve their household finances through energy saving advice and practical measures, and income maximisation activities.  

Saltley Community Association has also achieved a return on investment of more than £8 for each £1 donated to the project by its funder, Energy Redress (administered by the Energy Saving Trust).  

Special thanks to the two main project workers, Shahid Mir and Safdar Mir, who worked tirelessly throughout Covid-19 to support vulnerable households.

Please click here to read the report, written by me, edited by Louise Heaps and illustrated by Amy Purdie.

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Ofgem’s decision to relax the fuel price cap is disastrous for the fuel poor.

The competitive energy market in this country is fundamentally broken.  It does not work for consumers or adequately address the climate emergency.   This market failure is felt most acutely by the fuel poor.  

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Ofgem says that relaxing the price cap is necessary to address bad consumer debt.  The increase in bad debt as more people are thrown into fuel poverty is itself an indicator of the inadequacy of policy and regulation to address the growing fuel poverty crisis.

But the worst news is that the price cap relaxation will particularly impact two groups of consumers – those on standard tariffs, and those on pre-payment meters – i.e. the fuel poor.  It’s insulting of Ofgem to say that consumers can “shop around”.  We need massive investment in energy saving measures in all homes in this country, as the most sustainable way to tackle fuel poverty and climate change.  The fuel poor must not be left behind, as usually happens.

It’s a double whammy for the fuel poor.  They are the most likely to be impacted by rising fuel prices, and the least likely to get the energy saving measures that they need.