People affected by MND have been disproportionately affected by the cost of living crisis. The Through The Roof campaign is calling on the Government to urgently implement more targeted energy support to protect people’s energy bills going through the roof.
Our report found:
- People affected by MND have been disproportionately affected by the cost of living crisis. In many cases, this forces people to make difficult, and sometimes impossible, choices between essential living expenses and their own health and wellbeing.
- The yearly cost of using and charging assistive equipment costs families, on average, £600 a year. However, families managing advanced MND can spend between £800 and £900 a month on electricity for assistive equipment, equating to an astronomical £10,000 a year.
- Many people with MND rely on assistive equipment to keep them safe, well and independent - but a quarter (28%) of families have said they have reduced their use of personal powered equipment in the last 12 months in response to rising energy costs. The crisis is forcing people to take damaging risks with their own health.
- We are calling on the UK Government to implement more targeted energy support for households affected by MND. Government had promised to consult on proposals for more targeted energy support – such as the Energy Social Tariff – throughout 2022 and 2023. But this has not happened, and the energy crisis is not over.
- We are asking UK Government to consult on targeted energy support.
What is an energy social tariff?
- One form of targeted energy support is an Energy Social Tariff. The Tariff acts as a discount on people’s energy bills. Tariffs already exist for other industries, such as water and broadband.
- We believe that the tariff should be delivered by discounting the unit cost of energy significantly below the market rate. This means people pay discounted prices at the point of purchase so that support is effective, immediate, and direct.
- Due to the high energy use of households affected by MND and their reliance on assistive equipment to keep people with the condition safe, well and independent, we believe that all households affected by MND should be eligible for an Energy Social Tariff.
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Nicola and Mark's Story
Nicola is wife and carer to Mark, who is living with MND.
We’re using so much more electricity because Mark requires so many pieces of assistive equipment to keep him alive and independent – two hoists, wheelchair, ventilators, back-up ventilators, humidifier, the list goes on. They all run on electricity, and they all cost money to run. If Mark was in hospital, this would all be paid for but I’m having to absorb all the costs of the disease. I’m running a small hospital from home and I’m paying so dearly for it.
Just my monthly electricity bill was £800. How is this affordable? I’m doing my absolute best by Mark, but it’s unsustainable.
I’m working full-time because the costs of the condition means I can’t afford not to work. If I don’t work, then I can’t pay our mortgage. Our bills are through the roof but I’m battling to keep that roof over our heads.Nicola
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Thank you for writing to your MP
Over 800 supporters wrote to their MPs inviting them to meet with us in Parliament to discuss our call for Government to implement more targeted energy support for households affected by MND.
Government had promised to consult on proposals for more targeted energy support – such as the Energy Social Tariff – throughout 2022 and 2023. But this has not happened, and the energy crisis is not over. We are asking UK Government not to renege on their promise and to urgently publish the consultation.
Thanks to you 13 MPs met with us to discuss how the cost of living crisis disproportionately affects people living with MND and other terminal illnesses and the possible policy responses which could address this challenge.