Press Release:
NIA to host stakeholder workshop to address fuel poverty amongst private households living in solid wall properties

Release Date 01 May 2014

As the debate continues about cuts to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and changes to the Green Deal, the National Insulation Association (NIA) has identified that over 1 million fuel poor households are set to miss out on any help from these flagship schemes.

Therefore, NIA is hosting a special workshop with representatives from key groups involved in fuel poverty including National Energy Action, Energy Saving Trust, Citizens Advice, Centre for Sustainable Energy and the National Landlords Association where these organisations will debate the matter and develop recommendations for Government and others to consider.

Analysis undertaken by the NIA and Centre for Sustainable Energy has identified that there are around 1.5m households living in fuel poverty in solid wall homes and that some 90% of these are in private sector housing (owner occupier and private rented).

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA commented: "There are over 1m fuel poor households living in solid wall properties in private sector housing that are unlikely to receive any help through the ECO or Green Deal. These households are not expected to be insulated under the ECO as they are not cost effective enough for energy companies and fuel poor households are not likely to be able to afford to make the financial contribution needed under the Green Deal Cashback scheme." Marshall went on to say: "We cannot afford to continue to ignore these households and urgent action is needed to find a way of providing the support they require."

For more information contact Duncan Murray at the NIA press office on 01327 227 010 or email Duncan@evolution-pr.co.uk

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