My postbag, and calls to my office, tell me that Bulwell electors are facing an energy bill crisis.
Many, including people on low incomes in my constituency, are now finding themselves in fuel poverty.
Gas, oil and coal prices are incredibly high.
Not only this, but we have some of the most inefficiently-insulated homes in the whole of Europe.
Vulnerable people across my constituency, including children and older people, are being drastically affected by rising energy prices.
Illnesses that have been caused by cold homes cost the NHS nearly one billion pounds each year.
But, I believe there is a solution which would be permanent and fair; there is no reason why we can’t have warm homes and reduce our fuel bills.
The answer is for the Government to use the money it gets from carbon taxes to help make homes energy efficient, with proper insulation, renewable energy and modern boilers.
Even though these things save money on energy bills and keep our homes warmer, many people, like those in my constituency, can’t afford the initial costs to pay for them.
The Government must provide more funding to start this big saving.
The Government taxes companies for the damage their carbon emissions cause to people and the environment.
If they recycled this carbon revenue back to households, it could insulate all the UK’s homes.
The benefits to everyday working people, like those in my constituency, would be enormous.
It could bring 9 out of 10 homes out of fuel poverty.
My constituents are suffering because of rising fuel prices.
In this day and age, it’s totally unacceptable that in Nottingham North 12 people die a year as a direct result of cold homes.
We must act now to protect the most vulnerable, insulate our homes and keep people warm.