Mark Tami MP Wraps up Warm to Support Cold Homes Week

Mark Tami MP received a hand knitted scarf to thank him for his support from campaigners calling on the Government to do more to help those who are struggling to keep warm this winter.

The scarf was one of hundreds knitted by supporters of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign to mark “Cold Homes Week.”

The Alyn & Deeside MP said, ‘It is very concerning that in 2014 people are still unable to keep their homes warm. Sadly this Government has not responded seriously to the problem. The energy companies need to be made to be more transparent and there needs to be greater competition in the market. We also need homes which are better insulated but sadly the Governments energy efficiency programmes have failed.’

Fuel Poverty figures show that in Wales fuel poverty has increased by 13% in Wales since 2013 and 1 in 4 families with dependent children are fuel poor meaning that they cannot keep their homes warm at a reasonable price.

The Energy Bill Revolution has identified billions of pounds in “carbon taxes” already being paid by bill payers that currently disappears into the Treasury, and has called on Government to recycle this money into help for households to become more efficient. Such a policy would end fuel poverty in 10 years, and could also provide help for better off families to cut their bills.

Ed Matthew, Director of the Energy Bill Revolution said

“We welcome Mr Tami’s support for the Energy Bill Revolution. It is clear that the lasting solution to this crisis is to stop homes leaking heat. This must be UK’s number one infrastructure priority, it will save families hundreds of pounds on their energy bills and end fuel poverty once and for all.”