Wednesday, 23 January 2013

300,000 face fuel poverty - Labo



300,000 face fuel poverty - Labour

Thousands of people will be plunged into fuel poverty as the Government ends a state-funded energy efficiency programme, Labour has warned

Thousands of people will be plunged into fuel poverty as the Government ends a state-funded energy efficiency programme, Labour has warned.
Shadow energy and climate change secretary Caroline Flint said 300,000 households would be forced into fuel poverty this winter.
Ms Flint said Government decisions will force people to choose between "eating and heating" as they cannot afford to do both.
Households are considered to be in fuel poverty if they need to spend more than 10% of income on energy bills.
But Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said the measure meant even the Queen was in danger of being considered "fuel poor" and the threshold needed to be changed.
Opening a debate called by Labour, Ms Flint said the decision to end the Government-funded Warm Front programme later this week would hit low income households.
The alternative Energy Company Obligation (Eco) scheme will lift 250,000 out of fuel poverty over the next 10 years, Ms Flint said, 50,000 fewer than are expected to be hit by the cost of bills this winter.
"The level of support this Government is providing for vulnerable, low income and fuel poor households is half what it was last year and a fraction of what it was the year before that," she said.
"Over the next 10 years the Government only expects Eco to lift 250,000 households out of fuel poverty. That's 50,000 fewer than will fall into fuel poverty this winter alone."
She said it was a "shame" that when Warm Front closes on Saturday it will be "the first time since the 1970s that a British Government has not provided for an energy efficiency programme".


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