I'm backing the Cold Homes Week campaign


I'm really pleased to back Energy Bill Revolution's 'Cold Homes Week' campaign.  

The campaign calls for a street-by-street home insulation programme. Britain has some of the most inefficient housing stock in the developed world when it comes to keeping heat in. It escapes through roofs, walls and windows. This wasted heat means many spend much more than they should do heating their home. 

I'm proud of Labour's policies on energy bills. Locally we've campaigned for West Berks Council to run a collective switching scheme to help residents come together to barter for better deals from energy suppliers and nationally we've promised to freeze energy bills at their May 2015 price for 20 months meaning bills can fall but cannot rise in that time. We'd use that time to permanently reshape the energy market so that it was more competitive and therefore had greater downward pressure on prices for the long-term. 

In relation to insulation I'm particularly proud that we will deliver a programme of home insulation for 3million of the most poorly insulated homes over the next ten years. This is a huge programme that will create jobs as well as saving consumers from fuel poverty.  

Fuel poverty is defined as a household spending more than 10% of their income on heating their home. Millions across Britain are in this situation and I was saddened that even here in Newbury constituency over 3,000 people are defined as being in fuel poverty.

That fact makes it even more shocking that while over 250 MPs have supported the Cold Homes Week campaign, Newbury's Richard Benyon isn't one of them.

I'm committed to reducing energy bills for the people of Newbury and I back this campaign wholeheartedly.