Saturday, 28 April 2012

CAMPAIGN TO END FUEL POVERTY


Kent Green Party is supporting a new campaign(1) to reduce the number of households in fuel poverty(2). Dr Hazel Dawe, Campaigns Officer of Kent Green Party, explains:
“Kent Green Party recently conducted a survey of Kent’s councils which showed a general willingness to assist families in fuel poverty, but no evidence that the funds available would be sufficient to meet the needs of all(3). Families are suffering huge financial hardship because of misdirected cuts, and today one in four households can’t afford to heat their homes. This number is predicted to rise to one in three households by 2016. Kent Green Party is calling upon people to support a new campaign. The Energy Bill Revolution alliance is calling on the Government to use the money it gets from carbon taxes to make our homes super-energy efficient. This is the only way to drive down energy bills permanently and end fuel poverty. It would be enough to bring 9 out of 10 homes out of fuel poverty, generate up to 200,000 jobs and save four times more carbon emissions than the Government’s new energy efficiency policies.
“Kent Green Party asks that members of the public please sign the petition at www.energybillrevolution.org and publicise this campaign to others.”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Campaigns Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY, on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. KENT GREEN NEWS, free ezine, is available by subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org
Notes:
1.    1.   For full details of the campaign and coalition of groups supporting it, see: http://www.energybillrevolution.org/
2.    2.   Fuel Poverty means a household has to spend more than 10% of its income on energy.
3.   3.    The full replies from local councils and some analysis can be found as ‘Fuel Poverty Survey’ at http://www.kentgreenparty.org/publications.php
4.      This is significant as a contribution to Climate Change in the UK as an example of the UK’s general inefficiency in the use of energy in buildings. SEE: Cold Weather Drives UK Emissions Up 3.1 Percent In 2010: http://planetark.org/wen/64641 AND Fuel Poverty: More than 5.5 million households are suffering under fuel poverty, many being forced to choose between heating or eating. Meanwhile the Big Six energy suppliers increased their profit margins by 733 per cent in just three months last year. Enough is enough. The Independent supports a campaign to force energy companies to share their profits with the needy. The aim is simple: to make essential home energy affordable to all. Independent 10th Feb 2012 http://www.independent.co.uk/money/spend-save/end-energy-profiteering-the-rich-get-richer-the-poor-get-colder-6699873.html Consumer Focus: One in four households now suffer from fuel poverty: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/8930847/One-in-four-households-suffer-from-fuel-poverty.html


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