Sunday September 23 | 11am-4pm | Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2 7EQ (http://www.wharfchambers.org/?page_id=186)
As fuel bills rocket, energy company profits soar and government cuts start to bite, the basic right to a warm home is being violated for millions across the UK. The Big Six energy companies and the government are colluding to ensure private profits at all costs. We feel the effects of this in our freezing homes in the UK and ever-escalating climate crisis across the world.
Fuel Poverty Action (www.fuelpovertyaction.org.uk) aims to use direct action and community organising to fight rip-off fuel bills and put a spanner in the works of the Big Six’s monopoly. We believe that everyone has the right to warm, decent housing, regardless of ability to pay and we think that tackling fuel poverty and tackling climate change go hand in hand. We want to play a part in working towards a new energy system and economy that allows communities democratic control over their own energy, produced renewably and distributed on the basis of need, not for private profit.
Last Winter, Fuel Poverty Action organised a weekend of ‘Winter Warm-Ups’ which saw hundreds of people from communities across the country leave their cold homes and come together to confront those responsible for driving fuel poverty including local and national government, landlords and energy companies. From public meetings inside occupied town halls, street theatre on high streets, practical help stalls in public spaces and a live-streamed occupation of British Gas HQ, the Warm-Ups brought a taster of the diverse ways in which we can take collective action for energy justice. But having Warmed-Up last winter, what are we ready to achieve this year?
On Sunday September 23 from 11am-4pm in Wharf Chambers, Leeds, we’ll be hosting a national meeting to plan for the winter ahead. We hope to get people from across the country together to share ideas and make some decisions about how we can organise around fuel poverty on a national basis this winter. Whether or not you’ve been involved in Fuel Poverty Action before, please come along, all are welcome.
If you plan to attend, please rsvp to let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Crash space: availability is very limited so please, if possible, try and make your own arrangements. If you do need crash space, please email email@example.com in advance and we’ll try to sort something out
If you can’t make the meeting but would like to be kept in the loop about Fuel Poverty Action and the winter ahead, please get in touch!