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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Environment, Health

Fuel poverty charity's CEO gets OBE Fuel poverty charity's CEO gets OBE

A UK fuel poverty charity's chief executive has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

Jenny Saunders has been recognised for her work in trying to eradicate fuel poverty from households whilst at the helm of National Energy Action (NEA).

The charity campaigns on behalf of the estimated 5.4 million UK homes living in fuel poverty.

The UK Fuel Poverty Strategy defines a fuel-poor household as one needing to spend more than 10% of its household income to achieve a satisfactory and healthy heating regime.

Jenny was also recognized in her award for her work in establishing the Chesshire Lehmann Fund which supports young academics and community groups wishing to undertake active research and evaluation into the relationship between fuel poverty and energy efficiency.

Ruth Thompson OBE, chair of NEA, said: "Jenny is well known for her unstinting contribution to ending fuel poverty. As chief executive of NEA her leadership, energy and dedication have ensured that the plight of those unable to afford to keep their homes warm does not go unnoticed and that action is taken to help.

"This is a proud moment for us. We are delighted that Jenny’s work has been recognized in this way. Her award is richly deserved."

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