Feb 102013
 

Next weekend, between 15th-18th February, hundreds of people across
the UK will be taking to the streets to Stop the Great Fuel Robbery in
our national weekend of fuel bill assemblies and action
(https://fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/stop-the-great-fuel-robbery/)  All
the details of what’s going on are at the end of this email. But,
first, here’s a round-up things you can do to help.

ONLINE SPEAK OUT FORUM
We’ve launched an online forum for people to speak out about their
experiences of the likes of mammoth fuel bills, greedy landlords,
rip-off energy companies. If you can’t make it to an event on the
weekend, submit your testimony online in advance (make sure you let us
know if you want it read out at a fuel bill assembly.
Find the online speak-out forum here:
https://fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/speak-out-on-your-situation/

DO YOU HAVE TRADE UNION CONTACTS?
We’re asking trade union branches to offer their support for Fuel
Poverty Action and our weekend of action. If you have union contacts,
download our Letter to Branches and Trade Unionists and Model Motion on Fuel Poverty Action.

SPREAD THE WORD
The facebook event for the weekend of action is here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/480595618645346/
Please join the event, invite all your friends and share it as your status.
And, don’t forget to follow @FuelPovAction on Twitter.

Warm wishes,

Fuel Poverty Action
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Visit www.fuelpovertyaction.org.uk
Twitter: @FuelPovAction
facebook.com/fuelpovertyaction
Email us at fuelpovertyaction@gmail.com
Tel: 07586 482 157
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WHERE ARE FUEL BILL ASSEMBLIES AND ACTION TAKING PLACE?
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WEDNESDAY 13TH FEBRUARY, WARM UP FOR THE WEEKEND OF ACTION AT THE
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

Organised by Southwark Pensioners’ Action Group. Meet outside the
Royal Festival Hall at 1pm.

On Wednesday 13 February Southwark Pensioners’ Action Group members
are going to sit in at the Royal Festival Hall.  No, we have no
argument with the Festival Hall but they have lovely warm premises.
Many people today (especially older people on low incomes) cannot
afford to heat their homes, so going to somewhere warm on the South
Bank will be a treat.

Our present fuel arrangements are a disgrace.  We have six main energy
companies who compete with each other not to give better value but to
make more profits. Every year each of them makes billions of pounds
while people sit at home in the cold.  We are told we can save money
by changing suppliers, but when we do so we often find we are even
worse off than before; even financial advisers cannot tell us what the
best deal is.  The Prime Minister got involved but apparently it is
not in his power to force energy companies to act in the interests of
consumers.

Thousands of people, most of them old, die prematurely every year
because they cannot afford to heat their homes adequately.  In recent
years there have been many campaigns about Heating or Eating.  But we
are told nothing can be done.

This cannot go on.  Come with us and made a fuss.  Let’s get the local
papers involved.

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FRIDAY 15TH FEBRUARY, EDINBURGH, SCOTTISH GAS HQ

Meet 1pm, Scottish Gas HQ, Waterfront Avenue, Edinburgh, EH5 1SG. Map here.

2000 Scots die each year because of rip-off energy prices, and we are
all struggling to pay the bills.

The Edinburgh Tenants Federation Fuel Poverty Campaign will be raising
awareness about the issues surrounding rip-off energy prices, and our
campaign to get the council to implement a bulk-buy energy scheme to
save us money, with a demonstration at the Scottish Gas HQ, on Friday
15th February at 1pm.

Please join us for what we hope will be a vibrant and exciting
demonstration, which will include a 15 piece samba band!

More info: https://edinburghenergycampaign.org.uk/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/326805920764239/

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FRIDAY 15TH FEBRUARY, HARINGEY, LONDON

Meet: 11am, Wood Green Central Library, 87-197A High Rd London, N22 6XD

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/546290358736932/

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SATURDAY 16TH FEBRUARY, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE, LONDON

Meet at 2pm at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), 3
Whitehall Place, SW1A 2AW. Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/n5010.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/180920275365768/

Bring:
– Your fuel bills or records of recent meter payments.
– Symbols or examples of the things you’re doing without in order to
heat your home.
– Banners and placards.
– Blankets, hot water bottles and flasks to keep warm.

Organised by: Fuel Poverty Action.

Supported by: All African Women’s Group, Climate Justice Collective,
Disabled People Against Cuts, Frack Off (London), Global Women’s
Strike, the Greater London Pensioners’ Association, National
Pensioners’ Convention, Redbridge Pensioners’ Forum, Red Pepper,
Single Mothers’ Self Defence, Southwark Pensioners’ Action Group,
WinVisible.

Get in touch with us if your group would like to be listed as a supporter.

Part of a national weekend of fuel bill assemblies and action called
by Fuel Poverty Action. See www.fuelpovertyaction.org.uk to find out
more.

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While one in four families choose between heating and eating, the
government is plotting to increase our dependence on dirty and
expensive gas power. This will send fuel bills even higher, contribute
to rising food prices through climate change and block the alternative
of cheaper, cleaner renewable energy.

While disabled and elderly people are forced into libraries and
shopping centres to keep warm and people with cancer freeze in their
homes with the heating off, the government is slashing crucial
benefits and cutting grants to make homes energy efficient.

The government is snugly in bed with the Big Six energy companies.
Dozens of Big Six energy company staff are being paid by the
government to set energy policy within the Department for Energy and
Climate Change. Together, they’re doing all they can to keep profiting
from the Great Fuel Robbery. We say: enough is enough.

Join us at the Department of Energy and Climate Change for a fuel bill
assembly, as part of a national weekend of fuel bill assemblies and
action. Come speak out about living with mammoth bills, debt, cuts and
cold homes and share experiences of how you’re getting by. Come
discuss how we can support each other. And come take action to Stop
the Great Fuel Robbery.

Afterwards, we’ll find somewhere warm to go together to keep on the
conversation.

Please spread the word far and wide!

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Travel info: The address of the Department of Energy and Climate
Change is 3 Whitehall Place, SW1A 2AW, situated just off Whitehall.
There’s a map here: https://goo.gl/maps/n5010. The building is near
Charing Cross, Embankment and Westminster tube stations. Westminster
is the nearest accessible tube station.

We have limited funds available to pay for travel to the assembly for
those who would not otherwise be able to make it. If you do need a
travel refund, please contact us in advance by email on
fuelpovertyaction@gmail.com or by phone on 07985 980013 no later than
Tuesday 12th February to let us know how much you will need and your
journey details. We will let you know by Thursday 14th February
whether or not we are able to refund all or part of your travel costs
(this will depend on how much is requested in total). Please then try
to bring a receipt with you on the day.

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SUNDAY 16TH FEBRUARY, HACKNEY
Fuel bill assembly in Hackney tbc. For confirmation, email
fuelpovertyaction@gmail.com nearer the time or check the website at:
https://fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/stop-the-great-fuel-robbery/where-are-assemblies-and-actions-happening/.

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