Sarah Champion MP tackles fuel poverty in Rotherham

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 @ 1:22PM

Sarah Champion, Member of Parliament for Rotherham, has written to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in response to research that showed the impact of fuel poverty on private rented tenants in Rotherham.

The report, which was carried out by Sheffield Hallam University, was based on research conducted in Rotherham and Hackney and surveyed 1,800 low income households across the two areas.[1]

The report outlines the impact of fuel poverty, including on health, both mental and physical.

It also suggests that Government programmes to tackle fuel poverty are having little impact upon the private rented sector.

Responding to the report, Sarah said:

ÔÇ£It is appalling that in 21st Century Britain, many people are still forced to choose between heating their homes and buying food.

ÔÇ£This report highlights the devastating impact of fuel poverty on the wellbeing of my constituents.ÔÇØ

Sarah continued:

ÔÇ£The private rented sector contains a higher proportion of poor and vulnerable households than any other. Yet the GovernmentÔÇÖs limited efforts to tackle fuel poverty have failed to have a real impact for these people in Rotherham.

ÔÇ£It is time that the Government recognised that these programmes arenÔÇÖt working and took meaningful action to help those who continue to have to live in cold homes.ÔÇØ

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

[1] http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/energy-inefficiency-private-rented-housing-final-report.pdf

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