Aspiring politicians like to be seen as supporting families, but the reality is far different. 'Soaring energy bills are forcing one in four mothers to turn off their heating in the depths of winter in order to afford food for their children.
Fuel poverty is resulting in thousands of families resorting to
wearing extra clothes and using blankets in their homes. More than half
of families turn off the heating in their houses when the children are
out, while 45 per cent of adults keep warm using blankets or duvets
during the day, according to a survey. ..... A shocking 23 per cent of
families are already having to choose between buying food or using
heating, according to a survey by the Energy Bill Revolution campaign' .
More than 2.3 million families are living in fuel poverty in England
– the equivalent of 10% of households, according to government
Almost 60,000 households in Birmingham alone cannot afford to heat
their homes. The figures from the Department for Business, Energy and
Industrial Strategy show the West Midlands city is worst affected, with
Leeds, Cornwall, Manchester and Liverpool also in the top five local
authorities where households face “eat or heat” choices in winter.
However, rural areas of England are proportionally the worst affected,
with more than 20% of households on the Isles of Scilly classified as
fuel poor. Other badly affected areas include Eden in Cumbria,
Richmondshire and Ryedale in North Yorkshire, and West Devon.
Fuel poverty is calculated by gauging if a household’s income would
fall below the official poverty line after spending the actual amount
needed to heat the home. The average fuel poverty gap of these
households – that is, the amount needed to escape fuel poverty – is £371
a year, the latest figures indicate, with those in privately rented
properties hit hardest.
The response from politicians are predictable, Clive Lewis, the
shadow business secretary, said the figures showed the Tories had to
take action to tackle the tariffs of the big six energy companies.
“Under the Tories’ lack of an energy plan, Britain is facing an energy
bill crisis, with over 2 million families who can’t afford their energy
bills,” said the Labour MP.
“The government must act now on the monopoly of the big six in the
energy market and tackle the scandal of fuel poverty. A Labour
government will deliver clean energy and curb energy bill rises for
So Labour promise reform to tackle the un-reformable market.
This month, the business department said it would publish an energy
supplier league table to instantly show consumers where they could save
money on fuel bills. Customers should have the ability to access their
energy usage data quickly and easily from their energy companies, the
government said, to allow them to use price comparison sites to switch
Announcing the measures, the business secretary, Greg Clark, said:
“Millions of people across Britain continue to pay too much for their
energy. The measures announced are a positive step to help more people
benefit from increased choice and competition.
..and the conservatives promise more of the same under the illusion of choice.
Warm shows of affection by politicians won’t heat up your kid's
bedroom. A new society of production for use and free access will feed ,
clothe , shelter and heat us, to enable all of the worlds people to
reach their full potential.