Energy Hardship Fund Supporters

"The NHC wholeheartedly supports this initiative. We know the long term solution is energy efficiency improvements but with energy prices soaring we need to take action now and come together to help vulnerable households who will experience fuel poverty this winter. " 

Tracy Harrison, chief executive, Northern Housing Consortium

 

“The Energy Hardship Fund is a very much welcomed initiative that will make a real difference to people. Following the pandemic, and now with the cost of living pressures, these really are difficult times for many households. Alongside the Energy Hardship Fund, through support programmes, grants, and advice, G15 members are working closely with residents to support anyone who is facing financial difficulties or struggling to meet energy costs.”

Geeta Nanda OBE, G15 Chair and Chief Executive of MTVH

 

“There is no doubt winter is going to be harder for us all this year. This month, the BBC reported that an extra million households won’t be able to heat and power their homes by next spring as energy prices rise again. That’s why Tpas are supporting HACT as they launch the Energy Hardship Fund to distribute financial help to tenants who are struggling to pay their bills” 

Jenny Osbourne, Chief Executive Tpas

 

"The situation of higher energy prImage previewices is massively compounded by a whole set of more challenging circumstances if you’re on a low income, without savings to fall back on, falling into debt to pay bills, unable to access low interest rates and at risk of being put on prepayment meters. It’s going to hit those with the least money, the most." 

Jon Lord- Chair of Greater Manchester Housing Providers and Group, and Group Chief Executive of Bolton at Home 

 

"CIH is proud to support the Energy Hardship Fund. Many people will be experience fuel poverty this winter, a situation only exacerbated by the recent cuts to Universal Credit payments. The Fund’s voucher scheme will make a real difference to people struggling with fuel poverty. So it is vital that people and organisations come together to support the Fund. The Fund has the potential to make a huge difference this winter and the more support the Fund receives the greater the impact it will have."   

Gavin Smart CEO, Chartered Institute of Housing

 

"Many of our residents will be affected by the recent cut in Universal Credit, lasting effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the difficult choices that will have to be made, between, food, fuel and rent.  We will be supporting our residents and other low income households by encouraging our members to contribute to the Energy Hardship Fund."   

Claire Higgins, Vice-Chair, PlaceShapers

 

“Across the UK, many tenants are experiencing serious financial difficulties due to the increasing cost of living, rising fuel prices and loss of income caused by the pandemic. The Energy Hardship Fund demonstrates how the social housing sector is stepping in to collectively support those who are struggling, and SFHA welcomes this initiative.” 

Sally Thomas, SFHA Chief Executive

 

A picture containing text, plate, tableware, dishwareDescription automatically generated"Winter is coming, and energy prices are rising remorselessly. For countless thousands of people living in social housing, the impossible choice between cold and hunger looms. This vital initiative can make all the difference to them, and we are honoured to support it.” 

James Tickell, Partner, Campbell Tickell

 

"It’s unacceptable that people are put in a position between paying their rent, feeding their family, or heating their home. As winter approaches and energy prices rise, many social housing tenants across the UK will face this impossible decision. The right to live in a warm home is a basic human right, and it’s our fundamental responsibility to ensure this happens.

Flagship set up Hopestead to end homelessness in the East. Reducing the likelihood and impact of every kind of poverty will take us closer to achieving this goal. As a large housing provider, we were keen to show our support to HACT - to help our tenants and others too. We’d encourage more providers to pledge their support, as when we work together, we can achieve more for those that need it most". 

Marie‑Claire Delbrouque, ​Managing Director (Samphire Homes) and CEO - Hopestead, part of the Flagship Group

 

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"Trowers & Hamlins are proud to support The Energy Hardship Fund in their mission to provide residents in need of support with energy vouchers to help them during the winter months. The initiative will give much needed relief to those most vulnerable who have recently been affected by the pandemic and cuts to universal credit."  

Rebecca Rees, Partner and Head of Public Procurement at Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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“ It’s really important that we back HACT’s Energy Hardship Fund at a time when customers need additional support. The cold weather is already up on us, and energy prices are rising. Fuel poverty is a constant concern, and we should do everything we can so that customers don’t have to choose between heating and other crucial costs, such as food and rent.” 

Michelle Dawson, Director of Housing and Communities, Abri 

 

 “We know Organisation's logothat the increases in energy prices and the changes to universal credit are making it increasingly hard for many of our customers to afford to heat their homes.  It can also lead to difficult choices between heating your home and other essential costs, like paying your rent.  The effects of Covid-19 are still being felt and it’s a challenging time for many, so being able to support our customers this winter with energy vouchers is more important than ever.  We are really proud to support this fantastic initiative with HACT.”   

Terry Spillard, Assistant Director of Customers

 

 “We are delighted to support the Image previewHACT Energy Hardship Fund which    will help social housing tenants on low incomes cover their energy costs and enable them to keep warm over the winter months. This initiative is close to our hearts as our Foundation embodies the social change we all want to see, championing positive health and well-being, financial inclusion, housing and employability for all. 

“We believe everyone deserves the best chance of a healthy, happy future. Through our foundation projects, we work with partners and communities to make that happen. To bring about sustainable, lifelong change for all, we also fund research and initiatives aimed at finding new solutions to complex societal challenges.” 

Jo Hannan, Fusion21 Foundation Manager

 

"This is siOpt Limiteduch a great initiative and one that we are delighted to support. The winter months are tough enough, nobody should have to worry about heating their home, I hope this initiative can help ease the burden slightly,"

Dane Ralston, Managing Director

 

 

Image preview“The energy hardship fund is a fantastic initiative and supporting this cause closely aligns with MRI's own ethos to put residents first. Many of our recent projects focus on supporting social housing residents, helping housing providers to identify those most in need in order to combat food and fuel poverty. We will be actively promoting the fund and requesting our partners and housing providers we work with to join us in supporting residents through these difficult times. We look forward to seeing the positive impact this fund will have on the lives of many social housing residents.” 

Doug Sarney, Solutions Principal, MRI Software

 

Image preview As a company we support this initiative wholly, especially in these troubled times and economic uncertainty. People should have shelter, food and warmth as a minimum in this day and age. With our contribution and many others we will be able to help deliver one of these fundamentals. We look forward to promote the fund and see the positive results it has had over the winter period. 

 

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"This is going to be a really challenging winter for many people in our communities. The ongoing impact of the pandemic, together with cuts to Universal Credit, and rising fuel, energy and food prices means that many people will be forced to make difficult choices between heating, eating and paying for their essential living costs. We are pleased to support the Energy Hardship Fund which will provide a critical lifeline to some of the most vulnerable households in the months to come."

Veronica Kirwan, Director of Community Programmes, Peabody

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