Carillion and Energy Bill Revolution calls on Government to tackle fuel poverty crisis


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Carillion and Energy Bill Revolution calls on Government to tackle fuel poverty crisis

Leading integrated support services company Carillion has joined forces with more than 100 energy companies, charities and businesses, calling for the Prime Minister to tackle the serious fuel poverty crisis facing the UK.

Carillion and Energy Bill Revolution calls on Government to tackle fuel poverty crisis
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In a letter to Mr David Cameron, Carillion and other members of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign warn that current attempts to tackle fuel poverty are doomed to failure, and that investing funds from carbon taxes to super-insulate the nation's homes is the only way to solve the problem once and for all.

Although Carillion is very supportive of the Government's Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation schemes, which come into effect next week, there is real concern that these initiatives alone are not enough to end fuel hardship in the UK. Around 6 million UK households are affected by fuel poverty and with gas prices set to increase, this figure could rocket to 9 million by 2016.

Lead by the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, Carillion and its co-signatories are urging the Government to divert funds raised by the Carbon Tax - an estimated £4bn every year for the next fifteen years - to pay for a programme of super-insulation in homes across the country.

This would provide five times more subsidy for insulation measures across the UK without increasing consumer energy bills by a penny - saving the average family £310 a year on energy bills.

" redirecting carbon tax into energy efficiency programmes we can eradicate fuel poverty..."

- Siobonne Brewster, Carillion Energy Services Strategy Director

Siobonne Brewster, Strategic Development Director of Carillion Energy Services, commented: "We have been strong supporters of the Green Deal and ECO from the beginning, but it is clear that these schemes are only part of the story.

The Government's own projections estimate that ECO will remove up to 250,000 households from fuel poverty by 2023 - yet, this figure represents only five per cent of the current number of fuel poor households."

"The Energy Bill Revolution have compelling research that shows by redirecting carbon tax into energy efficiency programmes we can eradicate fuel poverty and this is a goal that we fully support."

"At Carillion, we are devoted to driving the green economy forward - for example, we have recently signed a contract with the Birmingham Energy Savers (BES) scheme and as part of this partnership, we have committed to create and sustain at least 360 jobs, and to help 600 people from priority groups into placements, training and jobs. The proposals being made by the Energy Bill Revolution are also incredibly compelling in terms of job creation and economic stimulation and must be considered."

Under the BES scheme, Carillion will work with Birmingham City Council as its exclusive delivery partner to improve the energy and carbon efficiency of up to 60,000 households across the city, together with schools and other non-domestic council properties. The scheme will give households affordable ways of improving their properties by fitting energy efficiency measures, such as insulation and new boilers under the Green Deal. 

About Carillion

Carillion is one of the UK's leading support services companies with a substantial portfolio of Public Private Partnership projects and extensive construction capabilities.  The Group has annual revenue of around £5 billion, employs around 45,000 people and operates across the UK, the Middle East and Canada.

The Group has four business segments:

Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects - this includes our investing activities in PPP projects in our chosen sectors of defence, health, education, transport, secure, energy services and other Government accommodation.

Middle East construction services - this includes our building and civil engineering activities in the Middle East.

Construction services (excluding the Middle East) - this includes our building, civil engineering and developments activities in the UK and our construction activities in Canada.

For more information:

Rik Kendall, Media Relations Manager, Carillion +44 (0)191 245 8342