Which Aspects Of Society Are Affected?
People's perception of the fuel poor is mainly governed by the media and mainly concentrates on individuals.
The issue is wide reaching and can affect the community as a whole. The effects of fuel poverty can erode community spirit with people feeling isolated. Their health will be impacted by an insufficient warmth in the home. The welfare required to keep individuals and families out of the fuel poor bracket can become strained.
MIGHT NOT KNOW...
Physical or Mental?...
The temperature in the home should be between 18 and 24 degrees for the environment to be comfortable. Incremental degree by degree drops impact not only on physical but mental health also. There is a lower perceived well-being.
In the last year...
Statistcs from Cooper et all 2014. show that 40% of vulnerable households were faced with the stark choice of heating or eating. Sadly also 20% of parents regularly went without food so that their children could eat.
In the coming 10 years...
The annual capital cost to bring all low-income households in England and Wales to EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) band C by 2025 is 2.6 billion. A total of over 12 million EPC grades were logged by June 2014, of which 66% were banded as C or D.
Welfare: Strain On The System
One of the main causes of fuel poverty is low disposable household income. There are welfare reforms that are currently impacting negatively on many household incomes. It is not purely the unemployed that are subject to these reforms but also those in low-income professions.
This situation can be addressed with guidance on supplementary support and efficiency measures in the home. They may find that they have required fuel costs that are above the national average and could benefit from efficiency measures regardless of residential status.
People and communities exposed to widespread fuel poverty are under immense pressure.
Long Term Effects On Community
With less disposable income making it to the local economy local businesses can suffer, which can lead to a further negative impacts on the community.
Innovative Community Action
Community action helps by bringing people and organisations together to cooperatively and sustainably tackle the root causes and effects of fuel poverty. Community initiatives are typically activity or event based, and can be delivered by anyone with the determination to make a difference.