The Standing Charge and Fuel Poverty

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Fuel poverty is on the rise in the UK. Fuel poverty is defined as when more than 10% of household net income (after tax) is spent on gas and electricity. For people on the lowest incomes, that 10% threshold can be reached far too easily even if lots of energy saving has been done. The reason for this is the standing charge.

The standing charge is a fixed amount that must be paid before any energy is used. It particularly affects those who use little energy such as those who turn down their energy use because they can’t afford it. It is time to change the way energy is billed to help those in fuel poverty.

Join with us to campaign to remove the standing charge