Move to lift thousands out of fuel poverty gains MP's support

March 10, 2009 10:50 AM

David Howarth and bannerA bid to introduce a new law which could lift thousands of Cambridge people out of fuel poverty is being supported by the city's MP David Howarth.

The Fuel Poverty Bill, which gets its second reading in the House of Commons on March 20, would force energy companies to offer their most vulnerable customers the cheapest possible tariffs.

It would also pave the way for the launch of a major energy efficiency programme to bring six million homes nationwide up to the energy efficiency standards of modern homes.

"Year after year the government has failed to take the necessary action to deliver on its statutory targets to end fuel poverty for vulnerable households," said Mr Howarth. "This Bill has the power to significantly change the lives of those people who have been constantly let down by Labour.

"Improved energy efficiency is a powerful and sustainable way to bring down people's energy bills, make homes healthier and, ultimately could save lives. Increased energy efficiency will stem the tide of rising bills and ensure that, even the poorest pensioners can keep their houses warm for the whole year.

"I welcome this Bill which will ease the hardship for millions of people struggling to keep their homes warm."

In Cambridge around 20,000 people - 17 per cent of households - live in fuel poverty and 2,610 pensioners - 17.5 per cent - are claiming pension credit. Between 2005 and 2006 there were 50 excess winter deaths.

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