Monday, 23 March 2009

FUEL POVERTY: Kent's most serious social problem?

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 23rd March 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 079444 71083

FUEL POVERTY:
Kent’s most serious social problem?
The latest fuel poverty figures for Kent and Medway are appalling. ‘Fuel poverty’ means more than 10% of household income is being spent on energy bills. By parliamentary constituency, the figures are:

Ashford 6962 households 16.8% of all households in the constituency
Canterbury 6792 16.7%
Chatham/Aylesford 6402 16.8%
Dartford 6149 15.8%
Dover 7071 18.4%
Faversham/Mid-Kent 5841 16.4%
Folkestone/Hythe 7168 17.4%
Gillingham 6825 17.6%
Gravesham 6420 16.8%
Maidstone 6544 16.6%
Medway 6263 17.4%
Sevenoaks 5453 15.5%
Sittingbourne/Sheppey 6578 17.9%
Thanet North 7369 18.1%
Thanet South 6438 18.2%
Tonbridge/Malling 5369 16.0%
Tunbridge Wells 5919 16.1%

Dr Hazel Dawe says:
“The Oil Depletion Analysis Centre has published a new report which will allow our local authorities to help reduce fuel poverty. This is critical at a time of rising unemployment. Its suggestions include conducting energy audits of all council buildings, increasing resources devoted to energy efficiency and replacing existing council vehicles with ones which will operate on electricity or bio-gas. But the crucial issue for all councils is how residents on low or fixed incomes may be assisted in reducing their energy bills. If this works for them, it can work for the council too.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, on 01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236 (local call rate) or mobile 079444 71083. Address as above.

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