4,000 homes in Ashton face fuel poverty this winter, says Angela


FOUR thousand homes in Ashton-Under-Lyne are facing fuel poverty this winter, according to Labour’s Angela Rayner.

The would-be MP says the figures are ‘a scandal’ and has pledged that Labour will freeze gas and electricity bills until 2017 if it wins the General Election next May.

Angela has also promised action to tackle cold homes in the constituency, with an ambitious plan to help low income families, saving them an estimated £270 a year on average.

Angela said: “Too many people in Ashton face the choice between heating and eating this winter.

“Labour’s gas and electricity price freeze is just the start, allowing people in my constituency to keep more of their money, while stopping the energy companies from making their enormous profits out of the basic human need to keep warm.

“Gas and electricity bills have increased by a staggering £300 in the past four years.

“In Ashton-under-Lyne there are currently 4,290 homes living in fuel poverty – this scandal has to stop.

“Thousands of households in Ashton-under-Lyne face the choice of putting enough food on the table, or keeping themselves warm, because David Cameron refuses to stand up to the energy companies.

“With a Labour Government, at least five million homes will be made more energy efficient over the next 10 years – reducing heat loss and cutting bills.

“Labour will also offer up to one million interest-free loans to cover the costs of energy efficiency during the next Parliament.

“Freezing prices and investing in energy efficiency is the best way to keep bills down and to lift people out of fuel poverty.”

 Please see a link to Labour’s proposals here - http://www.yourbritain.org.uk/agenda-2015/policy-review/policy-review/an-end-to-cold-homes-labour-s-energy-efficiency-green-paper 

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