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Lib Dems: 2.5 million homes in fuel poverty is shameful

by Steve Beasant on 29 June, 2017

11% of households in England, around 2.5 million homes, are in fuel poverty according to latest statistics, the biggest year on year increase since 2008.  The Liberal Democrats have blasted this figure as ‘shameful’.

The data, released today by the government, show that 2,502,000 million people are in fuel poverty.  The average fuel poverty gap – between households’ energy bills and what they can afford to pay is £353.

The Tories have also dumped a pledge to cap energy bills from the Queen’s Speech.  The Prime Minister had pledged to cap bills for 17 million families on the worst-value energy tariffs, but the plan was missing from the Queen’s speech and No 10 would not confirm a cap would go ahead.

The Liberal Democrats have long argued that the best way to reduce bills for those in fuel poverty is for the Government to fund the insulation of people’s homes and increase competition in the market.

Commenting on the data, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

“Britain is facing an energy bill crisis, with over two and half million people who can’t afford their energy bills.  If this is not a scandal I don’t know what is.

“It is shameful that Theresa May’s government is doing nothing to help those in need and reduce their bills.

“With the recent hot weather people are not thinking about fuel poverty but as soon as the cold weather hits, many will be worrying about how they’ll pay their energy bills this winter.  Some of the poorest people in our society will be left with the choice between heating and eating.  The government are failing in their basic duty, helping the most vulnerable.”

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