Eat or Heat: The Harsh Reality Faced by Many


A recent article in Inside Housing highlighted the extent of winter fuel poverty across the UK with elderly people making the tough decision of whether to eat or heat their homes.

The sharp reality was brought to light by an east-London based Housing Association – Gateway. They conducted a project of 2,800 homes in partnership with Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – Winter Warmers – which involved visiting older residents to identify the well-being of their residents and any areas that they were struggling in.

The winter warmers project brought to light that one in six elderly residents simply could not afford to pay for both heating and eating. Age UK’s 2015 Chief Economist’s Report highlighted that 14% of pensioners were living below the poverty line in 2014, representing 1.6m people.

The scale of the issues faced for elderly people identifies the true scale of the challenges faced in the UK to bring all people out of fuel poverty. This is why we have been working tirelessly to pursue our mission of helping to improve the lives of people through implementing energy saving measures to reduce fuel poverty.

Over the course of the year we have secured several contracts with Housing Associations to implement measures such as solar PV and external wall insulation which will allow their residents to save a significant amount of money on their energy bills. Our plan is to carry on with our mission and play an influential role in reducing these harrowing statistics.

(Information sourced: Inside Housing Publication, 4th December 2015)