Selection of press coverage:
Today, Fuel Poverty Action’s week of action called ‘Stop the Great Fuel Robbery’ comes to an end. The weekend saw hundreds of people in towns and cities across the UK taking to the streets in protest against fuel poverty.
In London on Saturday, 100 people, many of whom were elderly and disabled, blockaded the Whitehall main road opposite the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Traffic was brought to a standstill for one hour, as protesters held giant mock fuel bills addressed to Energy Secretary Ed Davey, bearing the slogan: ‘Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay.’
Protesters accused DECC of being ‘in bed with the Big Six energy companies’ in pushing ahead the ‘dash for gas’, which will push up fuel bills and worsen climate change.  Before the road-block, protesters held a ‘fuel bill assembly’ where people shared stories and experiences of surviving rocketing bills, rip-off energy companies and cuts.
Big Six energy company offices were also targeted, with demonstrations at E.ON’s Nottingham offices on Thursday and, on Friday, the Edinburgh HQ of Scottish Gas, the Scottish arm of Centrica. 
On London’s Southbank, pensioners from Southwark Pensioners’ Action Group were evicted from the Royal Festival Hall after going inside to get warm and give out leaflets. The group of ten pensioners, sat round a table drinking tea and discussing the impact of high fuel bills, were threatened with arrest by police, who were called by Royal Festival Hall security. 
Fuel bill assemblies, used by those affected by fuel poverty as a chance to speak out on their situation and express their anger, were held in Manchester and several London boroughs including Haringey, Lewisham and Hackney. 
Ellen Clifford of Disabled People Against Cuts, who joined the Whitehall road-block, said:
‘I can’t afford to heat where I live anymore. Last year I couldn’t afford my rocketing fuel bills and I got put on a payment meter which is more expensive. Now I live with my partner who is also disabled and we have to choose eating over heating.’
Elizabeth Ziga of Fuel Poverty Action said:
‘With yearly price hikes, soaring Big Six profits and unnecessary and unjust government cuts, the Great Fuel Robbery has gone on too long: the time has come for protest, civil disobedience and direct action. The Big Six and the government’s plot to increase our dependence on dirty and expensive gas power will be the final nail in the coffin, meaning even higher fuel bills and rising food prices due to climate change. People are furious and are taking to the streets to speak out for the alternative of cheap, clean renewable energy, produced for our benefit, not to line the pockets of energy tycoons.’
 Media coverage of the DECC fuel bill assembly and road-block:
For more on the collusion of DECC and the Big Six, see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/dec/30/energy-companies-climate-ministry-decc.
 For a full list of actions taking place across the UK, see: http://fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/2013/02/11/where-are-assemblies-and-action-happening/.