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.
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21st January 2013
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
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.
"...by redirecting carbon tax into energy efficiency
programmes we can eradicate fuel poverty..."
- Siobonne Brewster, Carillion Energy Services Strategy Director
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
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
"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
"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
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.
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For more information:
Rik Kendall, Media Relations Manager, Carillion +44 (0)191 245