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Tackling fuel poverty must be a Welsh Government priority – Peter Black AM

October 19, 2011 5:50 PM
Originally published by Peter Black and South Wales West Liberal Democrats

Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Social Justice Minister, Peter Black, has called for more to be done to tackle fuel poverty in Wales after a new report released has found that almost 3,000 people in England and Wales die each year.

Social policy expert Professor John Hills is currently conducting an independent review looking into fuel poverty for the UK Government.

Responding to the interim report, which was released today, Peter Black AM said:

"We have had some particularly harsh winters over recent years and if this pattern is to continue people really are going to struggle to pay the bills to enable them to keep warm and healthy.

"It is outrageous that in this day and age thousands of people can't afford to heat their homes during the cold winter months. This issue keeps reappearing each year but still not enough is being done to help the people that are struggling.

"This issue really must be one of the Assembly Government's number one priorities. Not a single person in Wales should be forced to live in a cold home, which is why doubling the money available to tackle fuel poverty was one of our key pledges in the Welsh Liberal Democrat manifesto. This funding would radically overhaul the energy efficiency of around an extra 12,000 homes providing the support that is so dearly needed."