Saturday, 25 August 2012

Fuel poverty in Maidstone

24th November 2011
Maidstone Green Party have criticised Maidstone Councillors for failing to reduce fuel poverty and winter deaths across the Borough while wasting money on the High Street. They have pointed out that over 6,300 local households are in fuel poverty.

Maidstone Green Party have criticised Maidstone Councillors for failing to reduce fuel poverty and winter deaths across the Borough while wasting money on the High Street. They have pointed out that over 6,300 local households are in fuel poverty.

Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Green Party: "It is simply unacceptable that millions of people across the UK are still struggling to keep their homes warm and protect their families from the cold. There were more than 25,000 excess winter deaths across England and Wales(1) last winter. Figures from 2008 show that over 6,300 households in the Borough of Maidstone(2), or one in ten, are stuck in fuel poverty and with the hikes in fuel prices I expect this figure to be much higher now.

"Sadly, Maidstone Councillors have ignored Green calls to divert the millions being used to pave the High Street into providing free insulation, insulation that would have saved people's lives and householders' money. Instead they have wasted £2m(3) 'improving' the High Street while disrupting trade and access to shops in the run up to Christmas.

Green MP, Caroline Lucas: "If the Government is serious about eradicating fuel poverty by 2016, it must radically improve housing standards, curb the power of the big energy companies to charge what they like, and put in place measures to help fuel-poor households. In the meantime, I urge people to contact the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to get advice on staying warm this winter."

Notes:
1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15836494
2. Fuel Poverty Sub Regional Statistics: 6317 households in fuel poverty (10.5% of all households in the borough) http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/fuelpov_stats/regional/regional.aspx
3. http://www.maidstonetowncentre.com/newsletters/MTCMAutumn2011.pdf

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