Friday 23 February 2018 / 12:01 AM Energy / Rebecca Long-Bailey

Rebecca Long-Bailey commenting on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, commenting on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, said:

“Four million households are in fuel poverty but a cold, poorly insulated home doesn’t just mean high bills; it means getting ill, it means repeated visits to the doctor, pressure on the NHS, not to mention the social and emotional impact.

“In one of the richest economies in the world, it is a national scandal that people up and down Britain face living conditions akin to the Victorian era.

“Theresa May promised a price cap during the election campaign but we are now almost on the other side of winter and hard up customers are still left waiting.

“With wages continuing to stagnate and energy costs spiralling the Government must act urgently. Labour will transform our broken energy market. We will introduce an emergency price cap ensuring that the average bill remains below £1,000 per year, while we transition to a fairer system for bill payers. We will also insulate four million homes as an infrastructure priority to help those who suffer in cold homes each winter.”