Analysis from the House of Commons library have shown that over three and a half thousand households in Tower Hamlets will fall into fuel poverty this winter. The figures were collated before the recent energy price rises of over 10% announced by some suppliers.
With 10% price rises Labour politicians in Tower Hamlets are more concerned than ever that thousands of families face a winter faced with the devastating choice between heating their homes or feeding their families.
The politicians have welcomed Ed Miliband’s pledge that an incoming Labour Government would freeze energy prices for two years to help people cope with the rising cost of living crisis.
A household is said to be in fuel poverty by the Government if they have above average fuel costs and would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line after paying fuel bills. The Government guidelines state that the key drivers of fuel poverty include, the energy efficiency of the property, the cost of energy and household income.
Labour’s Spokesperson for Health, Cllr Bill Turner, said:
“With the bitter winters we’ve had recently it is really concerning that over three thousand families in Tower Hamlets will again face a choice between eating and heating this winter.
“Ed Miliband’s energy price freeze would stop people having to put up with the 10% bill hikes we have seen this year. It is an absolute disgrace that families are being left to freeze by this Government’s refusal to take action against the big energy companies.”