Kate was the first candidate in the General Election to sign up to a Manifesto which commits to ensuring people aren’t driven to poverty by fuel costs.
The End Fuel Poverty Coalition is a broad coalition of anti-poverty, environmental, health, trade union and consumer organisations.
The Coalition has called on candidates from all political parties to commit to an End Fuel Poverty Manifesto that will end fuel poverty for good. To achieve this, according to the Coalition, the next government must:
- Declare energy efficiency and make eliminating fuel poverty a national infrastructure priority.
- Take immediate action to improve the standards of rented homes.
- Reform the domestic energy supply market.
- End the benefits freeze and address the chronic scale of unclaimed benefits
Fuel poverty means that a household is forced below the poverty line as a result of the cost of using energy in their home.
According to the latest definition of fuel poverty, almost one in five households are in fuel poverty in England alone.
Fuel poverty is caused by low income, high fuel prices, poor energy efficiency, unaffordable housing prices and poor-quality rental housing.
Kate said, “It’s vital that local people are able to afford fuel, especially given that we’re now well in to winter with darker nights and colder temperatures. It’s a disgrace that so many people struggle to afford fuel costs and its vital we take action now to help those who are struggling.
“If re-elected as your MP for Stretford and Urmston I promise to fight to end fuel poverty once and for all.”
View the fuel poverty manifesto, in full here.