Northern Ireland group helps to launch Fuel Poverty Manifesto

On 15 April 2011, Church Action on Povetry Northern Ireland, together with other members of the Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Coalition, met at a special event in the Ulster Hall to launch its Election Manifesto and discuss how fuel poverty can be eradicated in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland group helps to launch Fuel Poverty Manifesto

Fuel Povetry Coalition Northern Ireland

The Coalition is made up of around 90 organisations from across Northern Ireland representing businesses, environmental groups, trade unions, the health sector, local councils, consumer groups, housing associations, rural support networks, the voluntary sector, student unions, young persons groups, older persons groups and faith groups.

In 2009, 302,000 households in Northern Ireland were classified as being in fuel poverty. With severely cold winters and rising energy prices it is believed that this figure has increased and that currently around one in two households cannot afford to heat their homes.

Pat Austin, Director of National Energy Action NI, said:

“The Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Coalition is launching its Election Manifesto for the NI Assembly Elections. Fuel poverty levels in Northern Ireland are amongst the worst in Northern Europe. Research clearly shows that fuel poverty can damage quality of life and health as well as impose wider costs on the community, as cold home increase the likelihood of ill health.  The 90 organisations that make up the Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Coalition are calling on the new Assembly to set in place measures to tackle fuel poverty before the cost of energy becomes simply unaffordable for the vast majority of households in Northern Ireland”.

A range of topics was discussed at the event including;

  • Tackling Fuel Poverty (Anne O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Age NI)
  • Tackling Fuel Poverty Locally (Revd Dr Scott Peddie, Chairman, Church Action on Poverty (NI))
  • The Impact of Fuel Poverty – What If (Heather Monteverde, General Manager for Northern Ireland, Macmillan Cancer Support)
  • Q&A Session (Top Table – Party Representatives: DUP, UUP, SF, SDLP, Alliance and Green Party)
  • Audience Voting Session (Eddie Lynch, Chief Executive, Age Sector Platform)

You can listen to Revd Dr Scott Peddie discussing the launch on BBC Radio.

If you would like to sign up for the Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Coalition, please visit www.fuelpovertycoalition.org.uk


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