Enfield MP backs fuel poverty awareness campaign

By Priya Kingsley-Adam in Local People

MP Joan Ryan is standing by her pledge to reform energy prices by backing Fuel Poverty Awareness Day tomorrow (Friday).

The national campaign aims to highlight the scores of families facing financial difficulties to heat their homes.

It is particularly hitting those on low incomes living in energy inefficient houses which are expensive to heat.

Enfield North MP Ms Ryan whose manifesto was to freeze energy prices for two years, aims to tackle the 10 per cent of Enfield households living in cold and damp conditions.

Government cuts have been made to making energy efficiency a priority and Ms Ryan says Enfield North residents are particularly suffering.

People with long-term illness, the elderly, young children and those with disabilities are most at risk of developing health issues as a result of poorly insulated homes.

She said: “Not only will cold homes cause misery for thousands of residents this winter, but its effects will place an extra strain on our already overstretched health services.

“At the last election, I stood on a manifesto to freeze energy prices for two years and reform the energy market so that it delivered fairer prices and a better deal for working families.”

Ms Ryan added that she supported Labour’s proposals to insulate 4 million homes and reinforce landlords’ responsibility for ensuring properties are “energy efficient to a minimum standard.”

“We need effective long-term solutions to tackle fuel poverty and bring down energy bills,” she said.

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