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Wednesday 27th February 2013 | 00:01
Embargoed until 00:01am on 27 February 2013
Labour press release
Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, commenting on a report from the Energy Bill Revolution campaign which suggests there are now 1.6 million children in the UK living in fuel poverty – up by more than 130,000 since 2010, said:
"These figures are a damning indictment of David Cameron’s failure to get a grip on spiralling energy bills. People have to ask themselves what kind of Government can afford a £3 billion pound tax giveaway for the highest earners, but chooses to cut support for people in fuel poverty and leave over a million children in the cold.
“Even the Government’s own figures show that their flagship Energy Company Obligation policy is woefully inadequate for fighting fuel poverty.
Over the next 10 years, the Government expect ECO to lift only 250,000 households out of fuel poverty - 50,000 fewer than fell into fuel poverty this winter alone.”