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Manchester Set To Host National Fuel Poverty Conference
9th September 2012
This week around 250 delegates from the energy and charity sectors will come together in Manchester to discuss assistance to over 5 million UK households living in fuel poverty.
Currently, the UK Government is off track to meet its targets to eradicate fuel poverty. With household bills rising, many choose to ration their energy use, unaware that living in a cold damp home can have a severe impact on health and well-being. The conference, organised by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) and supported by energy company SSE, will bring together key decision makers and practitioners to take action to tackle this problem.
Jenny Saunders, Chief Executive at NEA said, ''The Conference is taking place at a time of significant changes in the energy sector, consumer representation, the NHS and welfare benefits system - all of which are impacting on the assistance we can provide to vulnerable households who are facing ever increasing energy bills. The amount of public funding to tackle fuel poverty is shrinking and new obligations on the energy companies are emerging. We will be exploring the most effective ways of delivering services and responding to increasing levels of hardship"
Alistair Phillips-Davies, Generation and Supply Director at SSE said "The Conference is an ideal opportunity to bring together the various parts of the industry to explore practical solutions that help those most in need and to establish a definition of fuel poverty that is both accurate and fair.
Tackling this challenge can never be the job of one group in isolation and it is only by working together that we can make sure the right help gets to the people who need it most."
The conference will run from 10- 12 September at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester. For further details and the full programme visit www.nea.org.uk.