A new study has warned that millions of households could be left in fuel poverty unless government action is taken to direct support at those most in need.
According to a study carried out by Camco, an estimated 9.1 million households will be in fuel poverty by 2016 – up from around 6.4 million presently. With energy bills still on the increase, the report found that more people die as a result of cold each year than on Britain’s roads.
“It is a harsh truth that an effective strategy to transform the energy efficiency of our homes and to tackle growing numbers in fuel poverty will need far greater ambition and resources,” Consumer Focus chief executive Mike O’Connor told the Independent.
Camco believes that the £4bn generated by carbon taxes could bring nine out of 10 households out of fuel poverty if it was targeted at a raft of energy efficiency measures, as well as creating 200,000 new jobs.
Not-for-profit group Transport UK recently launched its Energy Bill Revolution campaign, aimed at encouraging the government to invest the proceeds of carbon taxes towards alleviating the impact of fuel poverty on Britain’s poorest households.