Barbara joined campaigners at Westminster who are calling for more help for those struggling to keep warm this winter. Cold Homes Week is a campaign focussing attention on the shocking state of many of the UK’s homes and the impact that cold has on the people living in them.
New fuel poverty figures released in Cold Homes Week showed that 7 million people in England are in fuel poverty – that is they cannot keep their homes warm at a reasonable price. The figure includes 2.2 million children growing up in cold homes.
Shocking as these figures are, campaigners say they are based on a new Government definition of fuel poverty for England which classified far less people as fuel poor than the previous definition. Figures for Salford showed 16,500 homes in fuel poverty including over 7,000 in Worsley and Eccles South.
“I am very worried about the fact that 1 in 6 homes in Worsley and Eccles South are in fuel poverty meaning people cannot keep those homes warm at a reasonable price. This is a slightly higher proportion of cold homes than in Salford as whole.
“The Government may change the definition of fuel poverty but these figures are shocking and show just how many families risk suffering from the cold this winter. Labour has pledged to freeze energy prices for 20 months which could mean £120 off bills for families. Labour would also reset the energy market and introduce a tough new regulator.
“Until Labour can bring in these changes to bring prices down, I will campaign to help all those in Salford who are suffering cold homes which they cannot afford to heat.”