Thursday, 26 February 2009

Fuel Poverty Bill - how you can help

Cllr. Duffy has received the following letter, and requests that everyone read it and forward it on to everybody on your mailing list:

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Over 5 million households are living in fuel poverty in the UK. The government has failed to end fuel poverty and tackle the scandal of excess winter deaths caused by people living in cold homes. Millions of people shiver through winter, or get ill. Or die!

As Help the Aged explains on its website: 'Many (old people) are forced to make the critical decision between heating and eating during the winter months. For 25,000 older people each year this decision is fatal. Fuel poverty is thought to be the main cause of excess winter deaths.'

On 20th March the Fuel Poverty Bill comes before Parliament. It will give the Government a duty to insulate the homes of people living in fuel poverty to a high standard. It requires your MP to be in the House of Commons to vote for it.

Your MP's absence on that day could mean that the Bill will fall. And this scandal of EWDs (Excess Winter Deaths) will continue.

Insist that your MP is in Parliament on 20 March to vote for the Fuel Poverty Bill.

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(Write to him/her at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA, or phone 020 7219 3000)

Our elderly and poor need your help!

-Cllr. Cathy Duffy


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