Press release
Fuel poverty figs: major energy efficency programme urgently required

Responding to the latest fuel poverty figures for 2012, released by DECC today [Thursday 12 June 2014], Sophie Neuburg, Friends of the Earth fuel poverty campaigner said:

‘While the slight fall in fuel poverty is encouraging, it’s completely unacceptable that millions of people across Britain are still struggling to pay their bills.

“These figures also show that those on the lowest incomes are being hit even harder.

“With more fuel price hikes expected in future, a comprehensive, publicly-funded energy efficiency programme to insulate every low-income home in the country is urgently required.

“Slashing energy waste would not only save households hundreds of pounds every year, it would create jobs, tackle climate change and reduce our reliance on overseas fossil fuels.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1.         The latest fuel poverty figures can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fuel-poverty-statistics
 

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