Saturday, 7 February 2015

Revealed by the Children’s Society : 4,000 Hyndburn children living in families behind on Energy Bills

The Children’s Society have exposed the impact on children in families who are trapped in energy debt. In Hyndburn alone, there are an estimated 4000 children living in families who have fallen behind on their energy bills. Their research has shown that nationally around half of these families are not treated with respect or given the support they needed.

The Childrens new report Show Some Warmth: Exposing the impact of energy debt on children, shows that currently, energy companies aren’t doing enough to provide support for vulnerable families when they fall into debt.

I have campaigned hard on the issue of energy efficiency and cold homes in Hyndburn.

• Hyndburn Labour have launched schemes to help insulate home
• I have worked with local insulation companies
• I have campaigned vigoursly on the issue of cold homes

Labour will freeze energy bills till 2017 and reform the broken energy market
Labour will insulate 5 million homes over the next ten years

Dear Mr Jones,

As you may have seen in the news, The Children’s Society have begun to expose the impact on children in families who are trapped in energy debt. In Hyndburn alone, there are an estimated 4000 children living in families who have fallen behind on their energy bills.  Our research has shown that nationally around half of these families are not treated with respect or given the support they needed.

Our new report Show Some Warmth: Exposing the impact of energy debt on children, shows that currently, energy companies aren’t doing enough to provide support for vulnerable families when they fall into debt.

We believe the government should change the Social and Environment Statutory Guidance to the Gas and Electric Market Authority so that families with children are treated as a vulnerable group, as they already do with disabled and elderly people, thus ensuring families get the support they need to stop them falling behind on their energy bills.

Yours sincerely,
Jake McLeod
Policy and Parliamentary Assistant
The Children’s Society
Edward Rudolf House
Margery Street
London WC1X 0JL
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