Follow Scotland’s example on energy efficiency’

30 03 2014

 Energy Efficient Homes

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham is calling on the Assembly to follow the Scottish example an introduce a new energy efficiency standard which could save tenants an average of £210 per year on fuel bills.

Councilor Cunningham continued “The energy efficiency standard for social housing (EESSH) recently launched by the Scottish Government as a way to reduce energy consumption, fuel poverty and carbon emissions.”

“Rising fuel prices have pushed the issue of energy efficiency up the agenda; there is also a need to address fuel poverty.”

“Setting the standards will result in carbon savings and will reduce fuel bills for tenants whose homes don’t currently meet the standard.”

“The big issue for the Assembly is to make sure that there is funding available to ensure that the standards can be met and that all sources of funding, such as European Union grants are drawn down.”

Fuel Poverty Petition

15 12 2011

The Fuel Poverty Coalition has launched a petition “calling on the Assembly Executive to tackle comprehensively fuel poverty in the final Programme for Government 2011-2015.” The petition also asks the NI Executive and Assembly “to include in the Programme for Government a commitment to develop a detailed and costed action-plan setting out how and when fuel poverty will be eradicated in Northern Ireland; and provide continued support to households in severe fuel poverty to stay warm until fuel poverty is eradicated.”

The petition will coincide with the consultation period for the draft Programme for Government 2011-2015 (PfG). The aim is to generate public support for our key asks, which we believe will strengthen the Coalition’s response to the draft PfG.

Members of the public can sign the petition on the revamped website, . Those who do not have access to the internet can also sign our petition using a freepost Fuel Poverty Coalition petition postcard. In order to minimise the cost and to avoid delays producing the postcards we are using the Consumer Council’s freepost address.