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Use carbon tax to eliminate fuel poverty, PM told

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 22 January 2013 at 5:17 pm

We're pleased to be one of the 100 signatories sent to Prime Minister – The Rt Hon David Cameron MP yesterday. If you agree, then please sign the Energy Bill Revolution petition, and tell your friends about it too.

Dear Prime Minister

Millions of households across the UK will struggle to pay their energy bills this winter, and one in four households is now in fuel poverty.

Cold homes are damaging the health of our most vulnerable citizens, including children, the elderly and disabled people. Treating the illnesses caused by cold homes and fuel poverty costs the NHS over £1 billion every year.

The most effective long term solution for the Government to reduce energy bills and end fuel poverty is to help households make their homes as energy efficient as possible.

Although the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation will help deliver energy efficiency measures in households, they are not enough to eliminate fuel poverty or end the financial hardship. A far higher level of Government investment in energy efficiency is required.

From 2013 the Government will collect over £2 billion in carbon tax revenue every year, rising to £4 billion by 2020. If carbon revenue were used to help make homes highly energy efficient it could eliminate fuel poverty and in time help every UK household to minimise their energy bills. It is also one of the best ways to generate economic growth and jobs and reduce carbon emissions.

We urge you to use carbon tax revenue to make UK homes super-energy efficient, prioritising the homes of the fuel poor. It is time to re-build Britain and end the fuel poverty crisis once and for all.

Yours sincerely

Ed Matthew
Energy Bill Revolution

Heidi Proven
Executive Director

Graeme Francis
Head of Policy and Public Affairs
Age Cymru

Duane Farrell
Director of Policy
Age NI

Susanne Cameron-Nielsen
Director of Policy, Research & Influencing
Age Scotland

Michelle Mitchell
Charity Director General
Age UK

Steve Pollard

Andrew Warren
Association for the Conservation of Energy

Anne-Marie Carrie
Chief Executive

Cllr Paul Crossley
Bath & NE Somerset Council

Stephen Robertson
Chief Executive
Big Issue Foundation

Annette Jones
Managing Director
BillsCutter Ltd

Jacky Peacock OBE
Brent Private Tenants' Rights Group
Colin Anderson

National Chair
Carbon Action Network
Richard Howson
Chief Executive
Carillion Plc

Simon Roberts OBE
Chief Executive
Centre for Sustainable Energy

Rachel Stancliffe
Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

Tony Lewis
Head of Policy and Professional Services
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Alison Garnham
Chief Executive
Child Poverty Action Group

Maggie Jones
Chief Executive
Children England

Matthew Reed
Chief Executive
The Children’s Society

Karla Hill
Director of Programmes
Client Earth

Jonathan Johns
Climate Change Matters

Sean Kidney
Chief Executive
The Climate Bonds Initiative

Dr Tim Jones
Acting Chief Executive
Community Energy Plus

Nicolas Weng Kan
Chief Executive

Mike O'Connor CBE
Chief Executive
Consumer Focus

Paul Monaghan
Head of Social Goals
The Co-operative Group

Liz Sayce OBE
Chief Executive
Disability Rights UK

Nick Mabey
Chief Executive

Fiona McGee
End Fuel Poverty Coalition

Nigel Farren
Energise Barnet CIC

Norman Kerr
Energy Action Scotland

Kenny Griffith
Director of Partnerships

Brian Berry
Chief Executive
Federation of Master Builders

Bob Smytherman
Federation of Private Residents Associations

Matt Wrack
General Secretary
Fire Brigades Union

Peter Madden
Chief Executive
Forum for the Future

Andy Atkins
Executive Director
Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Matthew Crighton
Friends of the Earth Scotland

Peter Walls
Chief Executive
Gentoo Group

Gary Smith
National Secretary

Juliet Davenport
Chief Executive
Good Energy

Matthew Spencer
Green Alliance

John Sauven
Executive Director
Greenpeace UK

Myles Monaghan
Managing Director
HiS Energy Ltd

Matt Lucas
Business Development Director
Home Heating Solutions

Charlie Browne
Sustainable Development Manager UK & IE

David Robson
Managing Director
InstaGroup Ltd

Cllr Paul Smith
Executive Member for the Environment
Islington Council

Mervyn Kirk
Head of Energy Efficiency Solutions
Isothane Ltd

Richard Lee
Managing Director

Phil Barton
Chief Executive
Keep Britain Tidy

John Garbutt
Marketing Director

John Sinfield
Managing Director Northern Europe
Knauf Insulation

Steve Shaw
National Co-ordinator
Local Works

Naomi Kingsley CEO
London Rebuilding Society

Chris Church
Low Carbon Communities Network

Bill Rumble
Chief Commercial Officer
Mark Group Limited

Alan Long
Executive Director
Mears Group PLC

Mark Goldring
Chief Executive

Crispin Dunn-Meynell
General Secretary
Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association

Simon Gillespie
Chief Executive
Multiple Sclerosis Society

Belinda Phipps
Chief Executive
National Childbirth Trust

Dr Hilary Emery
Chief Executive
National Children’s Bureau

Jenny Saunders
Chief Executive
National Energy Action

Paul Lincoln
Chief Executive
National Heart Forum

Neil Marshall
Chief Executive
National Insulation Association

Dot Gibson
General Secretary
National Pensioners Convention

Kevin Allen
National Private Tenants Organisation

Hugh Goulbourne
Right to Fuel UK

Danielle Grufferty
Vice President Society and Citizenship
National Union of Students

Jon Wilshire
Managing Director
Nationwide Energy Services Ltd

Sally Russell

Tim Jenkins
Director Campaigns and Communications
New Economics Foundation

Jimmy Devlin
North West Tenants & Residents Assembly

Russell Smith
Managing Director
Parity Projects

Chris Baugh
Assistant General Secretary

Mike Shamash
The People’s Power

Dr Stephen Battersby
Pro-Housing Alliance

David Murray
Managing Director
Red Roof Energy

Paul Jenkins
Chief Executive
Rethink Mental Illness

Harry Rich
Chief Executive
Royal Institute of British Architects

Guy Johnson
Director of External Affairs
RWE npower

Bryony Worthington
Sandbag Climate Campaign

Neville Wilshire
Chief Executive
Save Britain Money Group

Neil Donald
Managing Director
SIG Energy Management

Graham McLennan
Managing Director
Solas Group

Keith MacLean
Policy Director

Ron Bailey
Partnership Organiser
Sustainable Energy Partnership

Ben Brangwyn
Transition Network

Frances O’Grady
General Secretary

Paul King
Chief Executive
UK Green Building Council

Dave Prentis
General Secretary

Len McCluskey
General Secretary

Sally Hunt
General Secretary
University and College Union

Steve Weller
General Manager

Tim Burns
Head of Waste Watch

Rob Lambe
Managing Director
Willmott Dixon Energy Services Limited

Kate Metcalf
Women’s Environmental Network

David Norman
Director of Campaigns

Cathy Debenham

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