Joan Ryan MP is supporting Fuel Poverty Awareness Day by pledging to do more to tackle the 10% of Enfield North households living in a cold, damp home.
Today is Fuel Poverty Awareness Day - a national campaign to highlight the problem of fuel poverty.
There are currently over 4 million households across the UK unable to afford the energy they need to stay warm and healthy in their homes. In Enfield North alone, 4000 households suffer from fuel poverty.
Fuel poverty is a particular problem for those with low incomes living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat.
It can lead to extremely poor health, especially in those who are vulnerable such as older people, young children, and those with long term sickness and disabilities.
Not only will cold homes cause misery for thousands of residents in our community this winter, but its effects will place an extra strain on our already overstretched health services.
Suffering from cold-related ill health costs the NHS £1.36 billion each year, yet the government has made huge cuts to the incentives to make energy efficiency a priority. In the last Parliament, major energy efficiency measures installed in homes declined by 80%, and it is estimated that it will decline by a further 73% in this Parliament. The total level of investment has declined by 53% between 2010 and 2015.
We need effective long-term solutions to tackle fuel poverty and bring down energy bills.
At the last election, I stood on a manifesto to freeze energy prices for two years and reform the energy market so that it delivered fairer prices and a better deal for working families.
I support The Labour Party's proposals to insulate 4 million homes and to require landlords to ensure their properties are energy efficient to a minimum standard.