Andrew Gwynne MP has called on the Government to back the Energy Bill Revolution, a campaign calling on the Government to use the money it gets from carbon taxes to help UK homes cut their energy bills.
The Government will raise £4billion a year in carbon taxes over the next 15 years. If this money were recycled to households to spend on energy efficiency measures, it would be enough to bring 9 out of 10 households out of fuel poverty. It could also be used to create 200,000 jobs and quadruple carbon emission cuts compared to the Government’s new energy efficiency schemes.
One in four UK households are currently in fuel poverty, which means they cannot afford to keep their homes warm at a reasonable cost. For many people this means a stark choice between heating and eating. Cold homes can also have a devastating impact on the health of children and older people.
Members of the public are being encouraged to sign up to the public petition at www.energybillrevolution.org, which is backed by 196 MPs and over 150 leading charities, unions, consumer groups and businesses.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“The statistics speak for themselves. 38% of people in the UK are concerned about paying their heating bills, and 25% stay in unacceptably cold houses. This is an issue of extreme importance to lots of people in my local area.
“Over 21,000 people have already signed up. I hope the Government takes notice and acts on the devastating issue of fuel poverty.”
Ed Matthew, Director of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, said:
“We are delighted that Andrew understands that recycling carbon tax back to households offers the best hope for his constituents to slash their energy bills. It is scandalous that anyone in a developed country should face the choice of whether to buy food or heat their home.”