A wide alliance of insulation manufacturers, charities, energy companies and politicians have launched the Energy Bill Revolution to help tackle fuel poverty in the UK.
Its aim is to get the Government to use the money it raises from carbon taxes on the energy companies to help people use less energy to heat their homes – which would cut carbon emissions even further and cut people’s energy bills.
The campaign argues that the money raised could be used to help all households or just to support the most vulnerable.
It says that, on average, at least 7,800 people die every year from living in cold homes – more than four times the number of people who die on British roads.
It claims that, out of the carbon taxes collected by Government, there is, for example, enough revenue to treat 600,000 fuel poor households every year, providing each of them with a grant worth on average £6,500 to install energy efficiency measures. This would reduce their energy bills by an average £310 a year.
Among the supporters of the campaign are FMB, Jablite, Knauf Insulation, Kingspan, InstaGroup, SIG Energy Management, MIMA, Worcester Bosch, Rockwool and Saint Gobain.
Also supporting are WWF, Asda, Carrillion, Child Poverty Action Group, Age UK, Barnados, Association for the Conservation of Energy and the National Insulation Association.
The campaign is encouraging people to write to their MPs, urging them to add their support.
More details of the campaign and how encourage MPs to support it are available here.