Pressure on Big Six to cut out fuel poverty

London Assembly members have called on the Big Six energy suppliers to severely reduce the number of people suffering from fuel poverty in the capital. Assembly member Murad Qureshi said: […]

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By Tom Gibson

London Assembly members have called on the Big Six energy suppliers to severely reduce the number of people suffering from fuel poverty in the capital.

Assembly member Murad Qureshi said: “Household incomes are tumbling in real terms and it is not just those on fixed or low incomes that are going to be hard hit by high energy bills this winter. Recent levels of profits by energy companies along with the hikes in prices of up to 18% mean the average household energy bill could be £1200 a year.”

The Assembly said Boris Johnson should widen the net to Londoners for energy saving initiatives such as the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and the Community Energy Saving Programme.

Victoria Borwick, who seconded the motion, said: “Every year around 2700 people in the UK die because they are unable to heat cold homes and London is particularly affected by fuel poverty because of the high cost of living and the energy companies pushing up prices.

“London has received significantly less cavity and loft insulation that it should have done. Just 4% of homes in the capital have benefited from the CERT scheme and by the end of 2010 only 4% of CESP schemes were in London.”