Citizens Advice responds to latest fuel poverty figures
Gillian Guy, Chief Executive at national charity Citizens Advice said: “It is encouraging to see that the number of people in fuel poverty has fallen. However, with over 4.7 million households in the UK still trapped in fuel poverty the numbers are not reducing fast enough and this news will be of little comfort to those who continue to live in freezing cold homes.
“Fuel poverty forces people to make a choice between heating their homes and going without other essentials or living in the cold. Living in a warm home should not be a luxury that only the well-off can afford.”
In order to eradicate fuel poverty Citizens Advice wants the Government to:
- target the new energy company obligation part of the Green Deal much more significantly at people in fuel poverty;
- include benefit entitlement checks in all statutory energy efficiency programmes;
- bring forward to 2016 the introduction of the minimum energy efficiency standard for privately rented homes.
Notes to editors:
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