"gathering winter fuel"


The National Children's Board
For over 50 years, the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has strived to reduce the impact of inequalities, improve the lives of children and young people and ensure that their voices are heard and acted upon in decisions that affect them, their families and their communities. Many of the challenges facing children and young people remain the same, including coping with poverty and disadvantage and living in conditions that have long-term impact on their physical and mental health.

  • Contrary to popular belief, it's not just older people who struggle to pay their energy bills and keep warm - 4 in 10 of those living in cold homes are couples or single parents with dependent children.

  • No-one can understand fuel poverty unless they have lived in it. Fuel poverty is when you wake up to find you have no gas, no money and two days ‘til payday. You have to feed cold food to your children and wrap them up in coats, gloves and scarves indoors or trail them round the shops all day to keep warm. (Young parent in Lambeth)
  • We are worried that our children’s health might be suffering as a result of living in cold and damp homes. (Young parent in Coventry)

  • One in four adolescents living in cold homes is at risk of multiple mental health symptoms
NCB website
NCB Report
Cold Homes
Young Families