Fuel Poverty Action Group target energy suppliers with weekend of protests

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Protestors targeted the offices of energy suppliers over the weekend during a series of planned nationwide activities, according to an article published by the Independent.

Members of the Fuel Poverty Action Group organised a series of "Winter Warms Ups," which were carried out at the offices of EDF, E.on, British Gas, npower, Southern & Scottish Energy and Scottish Power - all members of the "big six."

The events were planned in the wake of rising gas and electricity tariff prices - something that forced millions across the United Kingdom into fuel poverty.

Fuel poverty is currently defined as the point at which energy bills cost a 10th or more than a household's income. Figures have shown that around 24 per cent of homes in the UK are in a state of fuel poverty - around 6.3 million households.

Elizabeth Ziga, a member of the Fuel Poverty Action, stated: "We want to challenge the big six energy companies which control 99 per cent of the energy industry and make record profits off our rising bills.

"Thousands die each year in the UK because they cannot afford to heat their homes, and hundreds of thousands die globally due to climate change. The Government is in bed with these companies, is doing nothing to deal with the poor quality of housing many of us experience, and to make matters worse has just cut the winter fuel allowance," she added.

Ms Ziga concluded, arguing: "We want warmth to meet our needs, not corporate greed. Community action can achieve this."

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