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Local Liberal Democrats back Bill to end fuel poverty

January 20, 2009

gas2_promoLiberal Democrats in Hastings & Rye have expressed their delight that Liberal Democrat MP David Heath is bringing forward a parliamentary bill aimed at ending fuel poverty.

The Fuel Poverty Bill will bring in two measures:

• A major energy efficiency programme to bring existing homes up to the current energy efficiency levels enjoyed by modern homes.
• Social tariffs to limit vulnerable households’ exposure to high-energy bills.

Hastings & Rye Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson, Nick Perry, said:

“These proposals will be great for the environment whilst also making a real difference to pensioners and others struggling to pay their energy bills. It will make a real difference to the estimated five million households faced with the terrible choice between heating and eating this winter.

“The bill would also provide a much-needed boost to the local construction industry struggling in the recession.

“These proposals deserve the support of politicians from all parties. I hope that our Labour MP will give the bill his support when it is debated in the House of Commons.”

The measures in the bill have received the backing of many major charities and campaign groups, including Help the Aged, Friends of the Earth, Consumer Focus and the Association for the Conservation of Energy.

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