Coventry MP Geoffrey Robinson is championing a campaign to tackle fuel poverty and the energy performance of the nation’s homes.
The MP for Coventry North West hosted a discussion to explore future approaches and investment to help the UK’s 2.3 million households living in fuel poverty.
He was joined by experts from across housing, energy and public policy to discuss the role of the housing sector and how they can work with government to make key recommendations for future long-term commitment to improve the energy efficiency of the country’s housing.
The discussion follows a report published by Orbit, the Coventry-based 39,000-home housing provider, ‘Warm Homes, Better Lives’ as part of its 2015-16 fuel poverty campaign focussing on home energy efficiency and a future model of investment that will best impact on the hardest to reach families. It was also held during Cold Homes Week, a national awareness campaign run by Age UK.
Guests at the discussion, held at the Houses of Parliament, included Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, who is leading the government’s review on energy efficiency.
Chair of the discussion, Charley Gibbons, director of strategy and communication at Orbit, said:”At its core, fuel poverty is a cost of living issue, with many families having to choose between heating their home and feeding their family. Although we are yet to see a clear vision for how we are tackling this pertinent issue, one of Orbit’s ambitions is to achieve an EPC rating Band C in all of our homes by 2030, in line with government targets.
“We welcome the support of Geoffrey Robinson MP and other leading experts to explore how we can help make a real difference to fuel-poor households, as well as wider cost savings.”
Geoffrey Robinson MP said: “I am delighted to be part of these key discussions and to have hosted this event at the House of Commons. A warm home is a vital part of a thriving family and community. Investing money now will help to save households hundreds of pounds in fuel bills each year. This will put money back into the pockets of some of the poorest families, and support key strategies around the reduction of child poverty, winter deaths and save NHS costs.”
Visit orbit.org.uk to find out more about the “Warm Homes, Better Lives” campaign, and to read the report in full.
For more information about Cold Homes Week visit the Age UK website.