Fiona O’Donnell MP joined fuel poverty campaigners in parliament this week to give her support to a campaign to help those struggling to keep warm this winter.
Cold Homes Week is a series of events and activities designed to focus 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.
As Cold Homes Week was taking place, fuel poverty figures showed that in Scotland fuel poverty has increased by 12 per cent since 2013. Shockingly, one in four families with dependent children in Scotland are fuel poor - meaning that they cannot keep their homes warm at a reasonable price.
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 campaigners point to other countries, such as Sweden, where incomes and fuel prices are broadly similar to the UK, but better housing means far fewer people cannot afford to heat their homes.
Ms O’Donnell MP said: “I welcome Cold Homes Week and the campaign for more Government action to support insulation and energy efficiency schemes. This is critical if we are to help households in East Lothian to bring down their energy bills and reverse the worrying rise in fuel poverty.”
Ed Matthew of the Energy Bill Revolution said: “We welcome Fiona’s support for the Energy Bill Revolution. It is clear that the lasting solution to this crisis is to stop homes leaking heat. This must be UK’s number one infrastructure priority, it will save families hundreds of pounds on their energy bills and end fuel poverty for good.”
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