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Pat Austin's 3 wishes

Pat has been Director of NEA NI for eight years. She has worked with Government sitting on the previous Fuel Poverty Advisory Group and the now Cross Sectorial Fuel Poverty Partnership Group where she chairs the Affordable Warmth Thematic Action Group. Pat describes her three housing related wishes.

1. Tackle the problem that is oil.

With 68% of households dependent on home heating oil more transparency is needed on pricing and action on ensuring installation standards are met, as well as the provision of budgeting tools.

2. Get a plan.

Produce a detailed and costed action plan setting out how and when fuel poverty will be eradicated with performance indicators to guide us and monitor progress.

3. Support the most vulnerable.

Continue to support the households in severe fuel poverty so that they can stay warm until fuel poverty is eradicated.

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This article was written on 28 November 2013. It should not be relied on as a statement of the current law or policy position. For help with housing issues please contact our helpline on 028 9024 5640 or use our online chat service at www.housingadviceNI.org.