United for warm homes

Demand warm homes

Demand warm homes (Sep 2023)

Please back Climate Action Notts' campaign for warm homes - asking our MPs to support:

  • urgent support for people paying sky-high energy bills
  • an emergency programme to insulate heat-leaking homes
  • cheap green renewable energy

Click here to sign the online petition to ask Notts MPs to take action for warm homes.

We demand to be warm this winter

Demand urgent action to tackle fuel poverty (Sep 2022)

In 2022, the Warm This Winter campaign brought together anti-poverty and environmental organisations across the UK to campaign for practical measures that will help people with fuel costs now and ensure lower energy bills in the future - asking for:

  • Emergency support now
  • Help to upgrade homes
  • Cheap renewable energy
  • Freedom from volatile oil and gas

Click here to support the Warm This Winter campaign

Around a third of our community are at risk of living in fuel poverty this winter.

The physical and mental health impacts of living in a cold home must not be understated. 21% of excess winter deaths are directly attributable to living in cold homes, whilst there are significant links to cardiovascular, respiratory and mental health problems.

As part of the Warm This Winter campaign we are calling for a rapid programme of free basic energy saving measures which should be council-led, delivered street-by-street and funded by the government. They should include loft and cavity wall insulation, draught-proofing, thermostatic radiator valves, smart heating controls and energy audits - targeting those neighbourhoods most in need first.

Half a million jobs

It has been estimated that a programme to retrofit all UK homes by 2030 could create upto half a milion high quality green jobs (see New Economics Great Homes Upgrade campaign).

Friends of the Earth research has identified 8,927 "energy crisis hotspots" in England and Wales - the neighbourhoods with lower than average income but higher than average energy use. These are areas which will most benefit from free street-by-street retrofits. Some of the data for local areas is summarised in the following table:

Local Authority % households in fuel poverty 2022 % of energy crisis hotspots No of homes needing cavity wall insulation No of homes needing loft insulation
Nottingham 36.8%   30.2%   12,600   21,200  
Ashfield 30.3%   52.7%   6,000   9,300  
Erewash 26.5%   24.7%   6,400   9,800  
Broxtowe 24.6%   14.1%   6,900   9,200  
Gedling 22.9%   23.4%   8,600   10,500  
Rushcliffe 19.9%   7.4%   5,500   7,700  

Suggested letter to send to local MPs

As a resident in your constituency, I am writing to express my deep concern at the cost-of-living crisis which is leaving up to a third of our community being at risk of living in fuel poverty this winter.

Young people, people from ethnic minorities and disabled people are already disproportionately affected by fuel poverty, and with the soaring gas prices this is expected to increase. The physical and mental health impacts of living in a cold home must not be understated. 21% of Excess Winter Deaths are directly attributable to living in cold homes, whilst there are significant links to cardiovascular, respiratory, and mental health problems.

The energy market has failed us and will continue to fail a vast number of families this winter without intervention.

Please support the Warm This Winter Coalition (warmthiswinter.org.uk) which, as well as calling for emergency support, has the following demands:

  • Help to upgrade homes: Launch a properly-funded programme of home upgrades and insulation across the UK to bring down bills and prevent energy waste.
  • Cheap renewable energy: More than triple the amount of renewable energy in the UK by 2030, including wind and solar generated in harmony with nature, so that we can permanently lower energy bills.
  • Freedom from oil and gas: Stop approving new oil and gas fields (or fracking) so that we can escape our dependence on volatile fossil fuels.

A home upgrades programme for the UK could sustain upto half a million jobs.

And advice on energy security from the National Infrastructure Commission and Climate Change Committee recommends "Develop credible policies for energy efficiency in buildings" (letter to the new PM (Liz Truss) 7/9/22).

As our elected MP, please ask the Chancellor to make the necessary funds available to upgrade the nation's homes.

[You can get contact details for your MP from the Parliament website. Remember to include your name and address.]