Future governments will be required by law to help fight fuel poverty by making the coldest, leakiest homes in England more energy efficient. Tackling this problem is a priority for government.
Since 2010 the number of households in fuel poverty has fallen every year, thanks to government energy efficiency schemes and the Warm Home Discount. However, the problem could rise again unless action is taken to tackle it. Continue reading →
Four of the big six energy companies will now automatically refund direct debits to customers who are in credit.
While EON were already doing this, negotiations chaired by Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker have resulted in EDF, British Gas and SSE plus First Utility following suit and passing consumers money back to them. Continue reading →
An interactive guide to organising community events, published by the Cabinet Office, will dispel a raft of inaccurate myths leading, it is hoped, to a surge in community events over the coming year.
Despite the success of community-led events around the Olympics and Jubilee, research by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills found that existing guidance lacked clarity and focused too much on what organisers could not do when organising charity fund-raisers, street parties or school fetes. Continue reading →
New Which? research finds that two thirds of consumers (66%) are planning to cut back on Christmas spending this year.
The top ways people are cutting back are by buying cheaper Christmas food (25%), spending less on decorations (23%) and spending less on entertainment (22%) like going to pantomimes. One in ten people (11%) are even cutting back on the electricity they use for Christmas lights. Continue reading →
Research from Churchill Home Insurance highlights how we isolate ourselves from our closest neighbours, with 17% of people admitting they have not spoken to any of their neighbours in over a month, rising to three in ten (29%) of 18-34s.
Despite often living just a few meters away, over half (51%) of those with neighbours admit they cannot recall their first names and 70% are unaware of their full names. Continue reading →