One in five households in fuel poverty

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THE SHOCKING results of a survey have shown that more than a fifth of all households in Bulwell are struggling to pay their gas and electricity bills.

The figures reveal that out of 40,639 households in the Nottingham North constituency, which includes the town, 8,838 are facing fuel poverty — a total of 21.7%.

This makes it the fifth worst-hit in the East Midlands, with Derbyshire Dales top of the table at 24.3%.

An Energy Bill Revolution campaign has been launched for fuel-poverty households to be given much more help.

With the pressure on bills increasing as fossil-fuel prices continue to rise, the campaign wants the government to recycle the taxes charged on fuel bills into a major new home-insulation scheme that would help people to use less fuel to keep warm.

A spokesman said the programme of home improvements needed would also help create jobs and reduce climate-change emissions.

“Making sure we need to use far less fuel to keep homes warm is the only permanent solution to fuel poverty,” he added.

Ed Matthew, director of Transform UK — which is co-ordinating the campaign — said: “It is scandalous that anyone in a developed country should face the choice of whether to buy food or heat their home.

“From next year, the government will have the money to end the blight of fuel poverty. Our campaign is suggesting the most fair and just solution.”

Bulwell’s Labour MP, Graham Allen, is among 135 MPs who have declared their full support for the campaign.

He said: “I am afraid that because of low incomes among people in my constituency, many are suffering fuel poverty. The campaign needs to be successful, regardless of who is in government, and I will back it all the way.”

The public are asked to sign up to a campaign petition at www.energybillrevolution.org.