Friday, January 16, 2009

LibDem to sponsor bill to end fuel poverty

In December, David Heath, Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton & Frome, won second place in the annual ballot for private members bills. As a result of finishing so high in the ballot, David Heath is guaranteed time for a bill to be debated in the House of Commons. This week he announced that he will be bringing forward a bill on ending fuel poverty.
The Fuel Poverty Bill will bring in two measures:
  • A major energy efficiency programme to bring existing homes up to the current energy efficiency levels enjoyed by modern homes.
  • Social tariffs to limit vulnerable households’ exposure to high-energy bills.
These proposals will be great for the environment whilst also making a real difference to pensioners and others struggling to pay their energy bills. An estimated five million households are faced with the terrible choice between heating and eating this winter.

These proposals deserve the support of politicians from all parties. We hope that Dr Francis and Mr Hain will give the bill their support when it is debated in the House of Commons.
The date for the debate has not yet been set, but it is likely to be in March.

The measures in the bill have received the backing of many major charities and campaign groups, including Help the Aged, Friends of the Earth, Consumer Focus and the Association for the Conservation of Energy. They were also included in the Liberal Democrats’ Green Road out of Recession package.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the schemes in Wales for insulation and new Central Heating systems to be installed are running like a well oiled drunk!

From bitter personal experience of trying to get gas CH into my mums old house, two surveys and three years later, no gas CH. You might have thought that someone who was living on her own and in her early eighties would have something of a priority.

The aforementioned mother is now living with us, again I've made enquiries about insulation, but the top up insulation for the loft space would cost me around £100 more than if I did this myself!

In addition, I understand that gas fitters are being laid off left right and centre, if my nephew is to be believed whos recently lost his job as a gas fitter, ditto quite a number of his gas fitter mates.

Can't see fuel poverty or winter related OAP deaths reducing in the forseeable future - can you?