Out of Energy: Parent Stephenie talks to Channel 4 News

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Friday 8 April 2022

Yesterday, the Prime Minister launched the government’s energy strategy. And while long-term plans to increase wind, hydrogen and solar production are important, the strategy was silent on soaring energy bills.

One of our parent campaigners, Stephenie from London, spoke to Channel 4 News last night about her rising bills and fears about keeping her family warm as part of our Out of Energy campaign.

Stephenie is from London and has two disabled children – Sophie aged 4 and James aged 14.

Join our Out of Energy campaign

We know from our latest Out of Energy campaign research that families with disabled children are already paying £600 more for energy than other households. That’s before the unprecedented energy price rises this month.

At such a difficult and precarious time, we are dismayed that the government is planning to reduce eligibility to the Warm Home Discount Scheme, meaning 290,000 disabled people could miss out on the £150 grant next winter.

While we welcome plans to make getting the payment easier for low-income households most likely to be living in homes that are expensive to heat, this fails to recognise those households that have higher energy costs due to a disability or health condition.

Join our Out of Energy campaign to stop changes to the Warm Home Discount scheme.