Comment on Consumer Focus fuel poverty review

December 2, 2011 6:40 PM
Originally published by Peter Black and South Wales West Liberal Democrats

Consumer Focus has calculated that Wales has the highest proportion of households in fuel poverty.

The consumer organisation estimates that the proportion of homes in fuel poverty in England and Wales has risen from 18% to 24% in two years. They have calculated that 5.7 million households are in fuel poverty. The definition of 'fuel poverty' is when more than 10% of a households disposable income is spent on fuel.

Peter Black, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Social Justice, commented:

"Consumer Focus have estimated that 41% of households in Wales are in fuel poverty. That is a shocking amount.

"It is disgraceful that in this day and age thousands of people can't afford to heat their homes during the cold winter months. In a civilized society, vulnerable people should not have to worry about whether or not they can afford to heat their homes.

"Not a single person in Wales should be forced to live in a freezing home, which is why the Welsh Liberal Democrats, in our discussions with the Labour Welsh government, have ensured that there are going to be extra resources available to tackle fuel poverty via the Arbed scheme".

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