UK GovernmentHas Announced A £900m Plan To Cut Winter Fuel Deaths
By Cynthia Taylor
The UK Energy Secretary has announced that there will be a £900million plan for reducing winter energy costs for vulnerable households. Energy advisers who are specially-recruited will be available to advise and also support vulnerable people to help them switch to cost effective fuel prices.
This move has followed the 8% price increase that was announced by SSE one of the Big Six energy providers and has fueled widespread anger this past week and also the announcement by Labour Leader, Ed Millibandís acouple of weeks ago that he will be imposing a price freeze on energy bills should Labour attain power in the next election.
When Ed Davey announced the plan he said that the rate of winter deaths was too high. He continued that it was unrealistic to talk about an unlimited budget and that the most sustainable method of tackling fuel poverty was to improve energy efficiency in homes.
Age UK has forecast that approximately 24,000 of the older people may not survive through a cold winter, they estimate that there will be around 200 deaths a day, and also estimate 1.7 million pensioners will be unable heat their homes sufficiently due to fuel costs.
The news of the boost for households that are vulnerable is mitigated to a degree by cuts as well as delays to government initiatives on ECO (Energy Company Obligation), this initiative provides reductionsin heating costs to many of the poorer households by offering increased as well as better fuel economies, and by providing insulation to homes that are older and draughty.
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