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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.
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 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
We appreciate any help you can give us to spread word about the
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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