Poplar and Limehouse MP is supporting a national winter-long fuel poverty campaign to show how to end the current ‘scourge of fuel poverty’.
The campaign is run by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action and supported by around 300 organisations, from local authorities, housing associations, health agencies, other voluntary agencies, community groups, energy efficiency installers and manufacturers. It will highlight that urgent action will need to be taken by the Government to prevent thousands of people dying this winter as local services struggle to cope with the burden of cold homes.
Jim Fitzpatrick MP said “3159 households in my constituency alone are estimated to be in fuel poverty, unable to stay warm and healthy in their homes. This is simply unacceptable.”
Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs at NEA said “The Prime Minister, Ministers and MPs have been forewarned that local health services will not be able to cope this winter with cold-related hospital admissions and repeat GP visits. The NHS is currently bearing a yearly burden of £1.5bn treating cold related illnesses and 10,000 lives could have been saved last year alone. We need the Government to use the forthcoming Autumn statement to deliver some essential short-term relief, including extending the Warm Home Discount and Winter Fuel Payment to low-income families. In the longer term we need an ambitious fuel poverty strategy that prioritises the improvement of energy efficiency in low-income households’.