Cold Homes Campaign

Dawn Primarolo MP's response to constituents regarding the 'Cold Homes' campaign:

"Thank you for contacting me regarding energy efficiency, fuel poverty and the Energy Bill Revolution campaign.

I share your concern about the number of households living in fuel poverty in our country.  This is a problem that has been made worse by rising energy bills over the past few years, which I know have put a real strain on household budgets, particularly for those on low incomes.  Frustratingly the significant falls in wholesale gas and electricity prices have not been passed on to consumers.

It is clear that we need to do more to tackle fuel poverty and end the scandal of cold homes. Part of this is about ensuring the energy market is fairer for consumers and businesses and that energy companies pass on falls in wholesale costs. This is why Labour MPs supported an Opposition Day motion in the House of Commons on 14 January 2015 calling on the Government to bring forward legislation to put a statutory duty on the energy regulator to ensure energy suppliers pass on price cuts to consumers when wholesale costs fall should suppliers fail to act.

I welcome the announcement made by Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, that if Labour forms the next Government after the General Election in May, energy prices will be frozen until January 2017.  This will allow prices to fall but not to rise and will provide time to undertake the fundamental reform of the energy market that is so badly needed.

It is concerning that the current Government's two flagship energy efficiency schemes - the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation - are inefficient and are helping far too few households.  Poor energy efficiency is the single biggest reason why so many households are in fuel poverty and I agree that improving energy efficiency is the best long-term way of reducing household energy use and bills. I am disappointed that the Government has not done enough in this important area.

My Labour Shadow Frontbench colleagues have stated that a future Labour Government will make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority and will improve the energy efficiency of at least 5 million homes over 10 years, saving the average household over £270 a year from their energy bill.  A future Labour Government will also create a tough new energy regulator to ensure consumers get a fair deal.


Thank you once again for writing to me and for sharing your views on this issue. I can assure you that I will continue to support action to improve energy efficiency and tackle fuel poverty.

Yours sincerely

 

Dawn Primarolo

Labour MP for Bristol South"

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