Aimee Ambrose: Nationalising Britain’s energy networks could be one way to end consumer rip-off – here’s why. For many people, winter means trying to keep the cold out and the heat in. But for the one in ten households in the UK living in fuel poverty, who are unable to afford to properly heat their homes, it can mean the difference between life and death. Indeed, research by National Energy Action and climate-change charity E3G found that there were 17,000 deaths in the UK due to cold housing conditions last winter. The charity has called for urgent action to put an end to this “entirely preventable” tragedy. My recent report, conducted with Citizens’ Advice, also shows that energy companies are failing to meet their statutory obligations to protect vulnerable customers – and that this is harming people’s mental and physical health. Our research found that the current system was leaving many of the people we spoke to out of pocket by hundreds and in some cases thousands of pounds – these are findings that have been echoed elsewhere. It seems then that the most vulnerable people bear the brunt of an ineffective energy system that does not prioritise the consumer.
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