For the last four years, Age UK has been calling on the Government to reform its energy efficiency programmes to enable all older people to live in a warm home.
Why older people need warm homes
Each winter, one older person dies every seven minutes from the cold weather. Many of these deaths could be prevented if everyone lived in warm home.
The Government’s flagship energy efficiency programmes, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the now-closed Green Deal, have not gone nearly far enough to help older people keep warm in their homes.
Older, not colder: why older people need warm homes (PDF 583 KB)
Still cold: What next for older people in cold homes (PDF 473 KB)
What we're calling for
Age UK is calling for the Government to:
- reform its energy efficiency programmes
- make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority
- commit to bringing 2 million UK low income homes up to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C by 2020 and all 6 million low income homes up to EPC Band C by 2025.
We're also campaigning for warm park homes
We've been calling on the Government to roll out a specific energy efficiency scheme for people living in park homes.
Many park home residents are on fixed incomes and their only hope of support with heating their home is accessing one of the Government’s energy efficiency schemes. However, with the Green Deal now closed and ECO contributions from energy suppliers typically insufficient to cover the full cost of heating systems, there is very little support available to park home residents.
Find out about our campaign for warm park homes
Successes so far
Working closely with the Energy Bill Revolution, we have achieved:
- the support of 280 MPs, including every backbench Labour and Lib Dem MP in the last Parliament and 30 backbench Conservative MPs
- the support of the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change and the Environmental Audit Committee
- one of the best attended Parliamentary receptions of the last Parliament, with over 100 MPs present
- three ‘Cold Homes Weeks’, which raised public awareness of the UK cold home crisis, mobilised support from our supporters and from local Age UKs and galvanised political support.
We couldn't have done this without your support. Thousands of you joined the campaign and emailed your MP to ask them to take action. Thousands of you sent us postcards sharing your stories of living in a cold home. Hundreds of you knitted warm homes and took part in our candlelight vigil on social media. Thank you.
We are continuing to call for warm homes and an end to fuel poverty through our policy and influencing work.