Since the launch of the Cost of Cold campaign at the end of 2021, the full scale of the energy crisis and its impact on older people has come into sharp focus. When the cap on energy prices is lifted again in April, millions more older households will join the one million already living in fuel poverty. We’re calling on the Prime Minister to help older people facing unaffordable energy bills and we would be really grateful if your organisation could help to spread the word by sharing our petition online. Find out full details below, including some template wording for social media.
Older people face the ordeal of having to choose between heating or eating. We are asking the Prime Minister to help older people facing unaffordable energy bills and:
- Remove the 5% VAT rate on energy bills from April until at least the end of 2022.
- Provide a one off £500 payment to older people on low incomes who qualify for the Cold Weather Payment.
We need to get as many signatures on our petition as fast as possible and we would be really grateful if your organisation could help to spread the word online.
Resources to help spread the word
You can use these campaign resources to write to your MP and your local newspaper editor about our new policy calls and to raise awareness.
Please share the petition online and encourage your supporters to sign. You can find images to share with them in the campaigns resources as well as some suggested wording for social media below:
Unless the Government act now, millions of older people could struggle to pay their bills and keep their homes warm this winter. Will you sign our letter and ask the Prime Minister to help stop older people choose between heating or eating?
Sign our letter and ask the Prime Minister to protect older people from the energy crisis:
Get in touch
Please keep us updated on how the energy crisis is impacting the older people you support. If you would like any support engaging with your MPs or delivering a campaign locally, contact email@example.com.
You can also find the Partner Pack for the Cost of Cold campaign here.