Bleak budget blasted by fuel poverty campaigners

Campaigners have reacted to the Government’s “bleak” budget which failed to help people facing fuel poverty this winter.

A spokesperson for the End Fuel Poverty Coalition commented:

This is a budget that has plenty for champagne swilling, jet-set bankers. But there is nothing for people facing the choice between heating and eating this winter.

The Chancellor’s cold words for people in fuel poverty will be heard in millions of households across the country.

Coming on the back of the pitiful Winter Support Fund, revelations that funding is not helping those most in need and missing billions from the promised support for energy efficiency improvements, this is a bleak budget from the Government.

Adam Scorer, Chief Executive of Coalition members, National Energy Action, tweeted:

Campaigners at Scope, tweeted:

Ruth London from Fuel Poverty Action added:

Zero on fuel poverty, and zero for the climate – two sides of the same filthy coin.

This budget was a chance to finally fund repair and insulation of the  UK’s cold damp housing.

Instead of domestic warmth and health, we got more, polluting and domestic flights.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy’s response to the Heat and Buildings Strategy is also now available online.

A petition for the public to sign is now available on Action Storm: https://actionstorm.org/petitions/fuel-poverty-crisis