Today is Fuel Poverty Awareness Day; poorly insulated, low quality and energy inefficient housing along with spiralling energy costs and stagnating wages have left up to four million people up and down the country living in fuel poverty.
As Labour’s candidate in Blackpool North and Cleveleys I’ve seen the true face of Tory austerity, every week constituents from across Blackpool North and Cleveleys contact me asking for help. Help to provide a safe and warm environment for their children to grow up in.
‘Fuel poverty affects over four million households in the UK and it is shocking that nearly 4,500 households in Blackpool North and Cleveleys cannot even afford to heat their homes.
Spiralling energy costs hit the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest, those on low incomes living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat.
The Government's continued failure to tackle our broken energy market means hard-up customers have to pay more while the profits of the Big Six continue to soar.
Labour will insulate four million homes as an infrastructure priority to help those who suffer in cold homes each winter, this will cut emissions, improve health, save on bills, and reduce fuel poverty and winter deaths. We will introduce an emergency price cap to ensure that the average bill remains below £1,000 per year, while we transition to a fairer system for bill payers.