Government and energy companies must act on Hills fuel poverty report

In response to the publication today of the Hills report on fuel poverty, the Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, Imran Hussain, said:

“Given the massive costs of fuel poverty in money and lives, this review must be a spur for urgent action. The government and the energy companies need to stop passing the buck between each other. We won't make a dent in fuel poverty unless the energy companies get serious about fair tariffs for the poorest, the government gets serious about improving incomes for the poorest and both work together on a major national programme of energy efficiency for housing.

“We welcome the conclusion that fuel poverty is a distinct issue that merits serious attention and strategy from government. There are over a million children living in fuel poverty and the number is rising. Families are trapped by falling incomes, rising fuel costs, unfair tariffs and homes that leak energy worth hundreds of pounds each year and are simply not fit for the 21st century."

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Notes to editors

  • CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
  • CPAG is the host organisation for the Campaign to End Child Poverty, which has over 150 member organisations and is campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is met.