UK fuel poverty levels second only to Estonia
Research shows Britain has a higher number of people struggling to pay their energy bills than every European country bar one
The news prompted companies behind the Energy Bill Revolution campaign to write an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, asking him to help Britain’s fuel poor.
At present more than 5 million households are qualified as living in fuel poverty.
‘National scandal that the UK is lagging so far behind other countries’
Caroline Abrahams, director at Age UK, said: “With fuel poverty blighting the lives of millions of households, it is nothing short of a national scandal that the UK is lagging so far behind other countries when it comes to tackling the problem.
“Decisive action is urgently needed to tackle the root cause of the problem – the UK’s poorly insulated housing.”
The alliance added that poor insulation was one of the main causes for Britain’s high levels of fuel poverty. Homes in other European countries such as Germany and the Netherlands, are much better insulated and consequently use less energy to keep warm.
The issue of fuel poverty is set to keep growing as four of the big six energy suppliers have recently put their gas and electricity prices up by close to 10%.
Politicians falling ‘woefully short of a true solution to the energy bill crisis’
Ed Matthew, director of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, said: “Our political leaders are falling over themselves to come up with headline-grabbing ways to cut energy bills yet they fall woefully short of a true solution to the energy bill crisis.
“By far the biggest opportunity to cut energy bills is to fully insulate the UK’s leaky homes.”
A government spokesperson told the Times: “We are committed to helping people pay their bills this winter. That’s why we have cold weather payments, winter fuel payments worth up to £300, an enlarged state pension and the Warm Homes Discount which is helping two million households, including well over 1 million of the poorest pensioners, by taking £135 off their bills.
“We are also helping people by legislating to force energy companies to put customers on the best deal.”