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