• Up to 1,000 people are taking action against the Big Six energy companies including Npower – the UK’s most complained about energy company on the day Winter Death statistics are released for 2012-2013. 1
• Anti-austerity groups including Fuel Poverty Action, UK Uncut, Disabled People Against Cuts, and the Greater London Pensioners Association are currently outside the Npower offices in Central London
• Further protests are taking place today in Oxford, Lewes, and Bristol Acting together under the banner of ‘Bring down the Big Six – Fuel Poverty Kills!’
In London, protesters are currently Npower HQ at 60 Threadneedle Street. They are expected to deliver a coffin filled with energy bills and hold a ‘speak-out’ where those hardest hit by fuel poverty will speak of their experiences.
The protests mark the release of new figures on last winter’s ‘excess winter deaths’. Protests are also happening in Oxford-who are targeting British Gas at their new Oxford HQ, Lewes and Bristol. 2
Clare Welton of Fuel Poverty Action said: ‘The Big Six are to blame for these tragic and unjust winter deaths: their profiteering and their addiction to expensive and dirty forms of energy like oil and gas have pushed our bills up to fatal highs. People are protesting to demand the alternatives to the Big Six’s killer cartel – a combination of publicly owned and community controlled renewable energy, alongside mass insulation, would bring down the bills.’
Paddy Murphy of Disabled People Against Cuts said: ‘Another harsh winter will mean more disabled people will find themselves isolated in their homes, unable to heat them, or cook properly. Many don’t make it through. The energy firms continue to sit in government departments writing energy policy, in buildings where the heating is paid for by the very people who will die of cold this winter. This is a disgrace. We ask all disabled people to take action, and to show this government, and these
companies, that we wont take this and will fight back’.
1 The World Health Organisation estimate that at least 30 per cent of these excess winter deaths are due to cold homes. Source: www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file…
1 www.facebook.com/events/1415841395313806 For more info contact organiser Andy Jones, Fuel Poverty Action Oxford – 07549212088
Lewes details here: www.facebook.com/events/219705358210410…
2 facebook.com/events/364663353679232 this number does not include those who have pledged to come but do not use social media
3 Source: www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file…