The Energy Bill Revolution, a coalition of businesses, unions and charities, has launched a campaign calling for David Cameron to raise attempts at tackling fuel poverty.
The campaign highlights concerns that the imminent Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation fail to address the chronic efficiency levels in the UK’s housing stock, along with the rise in fuel poverty, suggesting these attempts are ‘doomed to fail’.
With support from The Co-op, Npower, Age UK, Barnados, Confused.com, UNISON and Asda, the campaign encourages the Prime Minister to use funding raised though the Carbon Tax to finance super-insulation across the country. They predict that this programme could save the average family over £300 a year on their annual energy bill, with the potential of lifting 9 out of 10 homes out of fuel poverty by 2023.
Director of the Energy Bill Revolution, Ed Matthew said: “The suffering caused by high energy bills is turning into a national crisis. Our alliance is united in our belief that the Government can do far more. There is enough carbon revenue to fund an insulation programme which is five times bigger. It could end fuel poverty and ensure all UK homes are super-insulated. Consumers end up paying this tax. It is only right and just that this revenue is used to help then bring down their energy bills.”