22 December 2016
With all the fuss about the Autumn Statement, the Government have finally dropped the bombshell statistics on the number of people in fuel poverty on the Government website. The report highlights the disparity between sold walls and cavity walls and different forms of tenure.
In the report, the Government says that a graph shows, "between 2003 and 2014, the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber have both seen the largest percentage decrease in fuel poverty levels, from over 17.0 per cent in 2003, to approximately 12.0 per cent in 2014, whereas in London, the proportion of households in fuel poverty has increased from 9.1 per cent to 10.6 per cent during the same period.
But does the Government care, the effect this will have, as they sit in their warm and spacious offices paid for by our money? Successive governments have failed in their ambition to eleiminate fuel poverty by 2016. A London Assembly investigation heard evidence that 19% of Londoners get their electricity from a pre-pay meter. In protest, Greens supported Fuel Poverty Action's 24 hour vigil in Parliament Square wearing nothing but bermuda shorts and flip-flops.
As it happens, Barnet is one of the worst areas in England for energy efficiency and renewable sources such as wind and solar, despite our many roads.
Speaking out in response to the report, a spokesperson for Barnet Green Party said, "It is a shame the new homes that the council boasts about are so high up in the air that they do not have gas. Theo council homes condemned by the council to decay and destruction were so much better designed and built for people not profit."
After a successful Winter Party or 3, or 4, which were just the warm-ups, Barnet Green Party wishes our neighbours a merry Christmas, a good Channukah, and a Happy New Year with lots of warm clothing!
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