One in ten homes in Corby and East Northamptonshire are classed as ‘cold’ - and now the county’s Labour politicians have committed their support to eradicating fuel poverty in the area.
Corby MP Andy Sawford, who held a bill busters event last month to help people lower their energy bills, said: “Across Corby and East Northamptonshire nearly 5,000 households are currently living in fuel poverty – this scandal has to stop.
“Energy bills have increased by a massive £300 in the past four years. I want to see us investing in homes to make them more energy efficient.
“Helping constituents to use less electricity and gas is the best way to keep bills down and this is why I welcome Labour’s commitment to insulating at least five million homes over the next two years.”
The Labour Party have pledged that, should they form the next Government, at least five million homes will be made more energy efficient over the next 10 years – cutting heat loss and bills for low income families.
They also aim to provide half a million personalised home energy reports a year as well as offering up to one million interest-free loans to cover the costs of energy efficiency during the next Parliament.
Cllr John McGhee, Labour leader at Northamptonshire County Council said: “Energy bills have increased by a staggering £300 in the past four years. Investing in energy efficiency is the best way to keep bills down and to lift people out of fuel poverty.
“In Northamptonshire as a whole, there are currently 32,866 living in fuel poverty.
Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Rt. Hon Caroline Flint MP has said “The next Labour Government has committed to insulating at least five million homes over the next ten years, saving people on average around £270 of their bill.”