Tackle Fuel Poverty

Eradicating fuel poverty, including for those who are off gas grid and need alternative fuel supplies, is important for social justice.

There are schemes such as oil clubs and credit unions that offer an oil fill and clients pay it off a bit at a time and eventually get ahead on the payments. This should be a government scheme.

 

Why the contribution is important

This important because affording fuel can be a big problem for those on low income, people with disabilities and for the elderly.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 26, 2015 at 04:24PM

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  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 November 10, 2015 at 12:05

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Dumfries Planning Event:

    Energy companies make too much profit; energy should benefit communities, e.g. through community ownership. There should be better insulation for properties (not just social housing), and smart meter roll out should be done in a way to protect the vulnerable from pressure sales e.g. of new boilers.

    There should be support for people on fuel oil. People can’t pay £600 for a tank of fuel; they can’t afford to heat on oil and have to use more expensive electricity. There should be a way to tackle this. Pre-pay meters are much more expensive. Smart meters are a concern that because it is the energy companies that are leading the programme, may come in and sell people new boilers and solar panels etc. on the back of the green agenda that people don’t need. Smart meter roll out programme could therefore be used as a way to target and pressure sell inappropriate extras; this should be curtailed.

    This important because energy costs are high and a problem for people
  • Posted by EASPR December 18, 2015 at 14:53

    The roll out of smart meters is a major programme that aims to cover the whole of GB and its success will bring benefits. These benefits include no more estimated bills and the ability to see what energy is being used in plain pounds and pence - not kilowatt hours and other units that no-one understands. The rollout programme has the potential to give every household much more understanding of how best to control and use their home energy. However to achieve this means those installing the smart meters must make sure and take the time to give householders the information they need. If they don't then it will be a huge opportunity missed. By way of reassurance, there is a code of practice for the installations and it does say that it should be clear when the installation appointment is made just what goods and service will be discussed.
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