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Turn2us fuel poverty map 2012Acting on Fuel Poverty Interactive Map

Turn2us has launched its interactive online fuel poverty map for a second year running - to highlight the varying levels of fuel poverty across the UK and to encourage people to access the support available ahead of their winter bills.

The map is part of the charity’s annual ‘Acting on Fuel Poverty’ campaign and this year it has been developed to include further information on fuel poverty as well as additional resources to help people who are affected to find support.

The initial results of the map will be officially launched, along with new Turn2us research, in mid-October. In the meantime, we are calling on Turn2us News readers to visit the campaign web page - http://fuelpoverty.turn2us.org.uk/ to help us start to populate the map.

What does the fuel poverty web page include?

The fuel poverty microsite includes a simple and anonymous form which asks for your location and calculates the amount you pay for energy as a percentage of your income. Based on the official definition of fuel poverty – spending 10% or more of household income on energy costs – the level of fuel poverty is then determined and plotted on the UK map to give a national picture of the scale of this issue.

For people who are in fuel poverty, the map features links to sources of help, including the Turn2us Benefits Calculator and Turn2us Grants Search database; information on energy efficiency; and the Which? Switch energy tariff comparison tool.

Submitting your details for the map is very easy and only takes a minute, but it can make a big difference to the campaign. Last year, over 600 people completed the map, with over three in five (61%) considered to be in fuel poverty. We hope we can reach even more people affected by fuel poverty this year. The map will be live throughout the winter.

Which? Switch

Which? Switch is the free energy switching service from Which?, the UK's consumer association.

Which? Switch provides impartial energy advice and tariff comparisons from over 20 suppliers. In 2010, the average Which? Switch user saved £270 on their annual energy bill.

Which? has switching contracts in place with all the major energy suppliers enabling us to switch users' suppliers quickly and smoothly. What's more, our online switching service features tariffs from smaller specialist suppliers, ensuring that every customer receives the opportunity to review all the tariffs available to them.

Which? Switch has been fully accredited by Energywatch, the industry regulator.

Spread the word

We appreciate any help you can give us to spread word about the map, including:

  • Forwarding the web page link to friends, colleagues and clients
  • Tweeting about it
  • Sharing the link on your websites and Facebook pages.

You can also find out more about the Acting on Fuel Poverty campaign and updates on the map in the coming weeks on the Turn2us website and Turn2us Twitter account (link opens in a new window).

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