Call for warm homes and lower bills
13 March 2013
McCarthy & Stone is pleased to join the Energy Bill Revolution alliance, which is calling for warm homes and lower energy bills.
As a country, we are facing an energy bill crisis. Families are suffering financial hardship as gas prices rise, and one in four households currently can’t afford to heat their homes. This number is predicted to rise to one in three households by 2016.
Living in a cold home can be extremely damaging to both physical and mental health. For example, a report by leading public health academic, Professor Sir Michael Marmot at UCL found that 1 in 4 young people living in cold housing are at risk of multiple mental health problems compared to 1 in 20 young people who have always lived in warm housing. The impact of cold housing on older people is also well known.
The Energy Bill Revolution alliance is calling on the Government to use the £2 billion it gets from carbon taxes to make our homes super-energy efficient. This is the only permanent way to drive down energy bills and end fuel poverty.
The alliance claims that using this money to fund energy efficiency programmes would super-insulate more than 600,000 homes a year, bringing 9 out of 10 homes out of fuel poverty, and create up to 200,000 more jobs – exactly what we need to support the UK’s economic recovery.
We’re pleased to support this campaign because it fits with our own commitment to reduce our customer’s heating bills – recent research shows that 51% of our residents report substantially lower heating bills after moving into one of our apartments.
If you wish to support the warmer homes campaign, please take two minutes to sign the petition at www.energybillrevolution.org, email your MP, and ask all your supporters and networks to do the same.
Paul Teverson, McCarthy & Stone’s Head of Public Affairs recently wrote a blog article about the winter fuel debate.