New fuel poverty figures show that 7 million people in England are in fuel poverty, which means they cannot keep their homes warm at a reasonable price.
It is hugely important that in the present economic climate we need lower bills and warm homes where the elderly, disabled and those in need can live comfortably.
It is for this reason that I joined the Energy Bill Revolution campaign in Parliament to mark “Cold Homes Week” – a series of events and activities focussing attention on the shocking state of many of the UK’s homes, and the terrible effect they have on the people left shivering inside them.
The Energy Bill Revolution campaign has brought together almost 180 organisations, charities and companies to call on Government to do much more to help those in cold homes by providing far more support to insulation and energy efficiency schemes.
The campaign has identified billions of pounds in “carbon taxes” already paid by bill payers that currently disappear into the Treasury, and has called on Government to recycle this money into help for households to become more efficient.