Judith Cummins has this morning challenged the Government to do more to help families save money on their increasingly unaffordable energy bills, with an estimated 28,724 households classified as “fuel poor” in Bradford.
The Bradford South MP challenged Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd MP, saying:
“With the withdrawal of government funding for the Green Deal Finance Company, it is now even harder for over-stretched families to afford energy efficiency schemes in their homes. With poor quality housing stock too often leaving families in fuel poverty, what funding does she plan to introduce to help families save money on their increasingly unaffordable energy bills?”
Speaking outside the House of Commons chamber, Bradford South MP, Judith Cummins says: “With the cold winter weather beginning to bite, I wanted to challenge the government to recognise the sheer scale of fuel poverty in our communities and the impact withdrawing government funding for the Green Deal Finance Company. It’s made it even harder for over-stretched families to afford energy efficiency schemes in their homes.
“It’s outrageous that nearly 30,000 families in Bradford are struggling to cope with their energy costs. The Government can and must do more to help people reduce their energy bills.
“The Government’s proposed cuts to Tax Credits could tip thousands of working families in Bradford over the edge, as they are already struggling to make ends meet. This could result in even higher levels of fuel poverty in the future”.
New research has been released yesterday by national charity Turn2us found that one in two low income households are struggling to afford their energy costs, despite being in work.
Worryingly, of those households who are struggling with energy costs, nearly half (48%) have done so for more than a year. The knock-on effect is severe, with a third (33%) forced to skip meals and over a fifth (21%) experiencing stress and other mental health problems.