Big Issue Foundation

Fighting Fuel Poverty for Big Issue vendors

Boiler installation company Heatable.co.uk donates to help in the fight against fuel poverty for Big Issue vendors.

The definition of fuel poverty is when a household’s required fuel costs are above the median level and if they were to make the payments, it would leave their residual income below what is considered the poverty line.

Currently, fuel poverty is estimated to affect around 2 million people in the UK, but a recent report by the Resolution Foundation has found that this figure is likely to jump to 6 million overnight when the new energy price cap is introduced on the 1st of April.

Energy Action estimates that around 12,000 annual deaths occur because of health conditions that arise or worsen due to living in a cold property.

Its for these reasons, especially during the midst of an energy crisis why the people at Heatable believe that it’s more important than ever to support those most vulnerable to the plight of fuel poverty.

As a result, they felt that supporting a charity like the Big Issue Foundation was most appropriate, as not only do they do a lot of work to raise awareness of fuel poverty, but support those most affected by it.

Sam Price, Heatable co-founder had this to say:

“This year, we have chosen to support The Big Issue as we were recently alerted to the alarming statistics of fuel poverty in the UK and wanted to help support all the great work the charity does.”

Supporting Big Issue vendors affected by Fuel

The Big Issue Foundation has helped socially excluded and marginalised people for 25 years. Recognising individuals’ strengths and offering personalised support and navigation to specialist services we help people determine their own pathways to a better future.

Last year we successfully supported over 3,000 Big Issue vendors facing poverty, helping 1/3 to directly address financial exclusion and achieving a further 2,285 additional outcomes including 186 adults and 262 children living in fuel poverty.

This year, we are working energy companies like Western Power Distribution to deliver energy saving advice and tackle fuel poverty. This work, we hope will make a significant and sustainable difference to people’s lives.

Short term goals include supporting people to maximise household income, allowing them to heat and run their homes without the worry of the financial impact on retaining their homes. In the longer term, this will improve the trust between our beneficiaries and statutory and wider social support services, helping them to understand who can support them and how asking for help can be beneficial. For this project we will be working with The Fuel Bank Foundation to address specialist Fuel poverty needs whilst training our staff to improve the ongoing support we deliver to people in need.

How to keep heating costs down if the energy crisis has increased your bill

If you’re worried about paying your bill, or simply looking for ways to save money, The Big Issue has produced a helpful guide to everything you need to know about the rise in energy costs, how you can keep your bill low and where to turn for help making payments. 

Thank you to Heatable!

We wanted to say a big thank you to Heatable for supporting our work with Big Issue vendors and helping us in the fight against fuel poverty for vulnerable people.

Every copy counts this Winter

Your local vendor is at the sharp end of the cost-of-living crisis this Winter. Prices of energy and food are rising rapidly. As is the cost of rent. All at their highest rate in 40 years. Vendors are amongst the most vulnerable people affected. Support our vendors to earn as much as they can and give them a fighting chance this Winter.

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