16 October 2008
Barrett issues fuel poverty warning - 80% of single pensioners will suffer
John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West today called on Ministers to take action to cut fuel bills after new figures revealed that four out of five single pensioners are likely to be living in fuel poverty this winter.
John Barrett said:
“The soaring cost of keeping warm this winter is going to cause misery for millions of pensioners.
“These figures show that the vast majority of pensioners living on their own are going to be living in fuel poverty this winter. This is nothing short of a national scandal.
“The Government must act quickly to get prices down for vulnerable customers and must greatly accelerate the pace of getting homes insulated.
“It is criminal that there are millions of draughty homes in need of insulation and at the same time thousands of unemployed construction workers, yet the Government has not put the two together on the scale that is needed.”
“Unless swift action is taken, pensioners may be forced to choose between heating their homes and putting food on their plates this Christmas.”
Statistics from the House of Commons library, and prepared by the Office of National Statistics following a request by Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesman Steve Webb.