13% of Dagenham & Rainham is now classified as “fuel poor”

It has been announced that Dagenham & Rainham has the second highest level of people living in fuel poverty, with a staggering 13% being classified as “Fuel Poor.”

The Government will raise £4billion from 2013 as a result of the European Emissions Trading Scheme and the Carbon Floor Price, this would quadruple the amount the Coalition will save from new energy efficient policies, and raise 9 out of 10 homes from fuel poverty.  It is hoped that through doing this 200,000 much needed jobs will be created and climate change emissions will be significantly lowered.

The Energy Bill Revolution (EBR), an alliance of 80 leading charities, unions and consumer groups have produced research that makes for very negative reading. It has been predicted that fuel poverty could rise to 9.1 million households by 2016, the year in which the Government are supposed to have eliminated fuel poverty altogether.


Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham & Rainham

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham & Rainham said: “Over the past few years the number of households living in fuel poverty in Dagenham & Rainham has risen to almost 5,000. It seems to be that a combination of government neglect since 2010 and such high unemployment levels have caused this to happen. With the economy in such a bad way and the Conservative led government taking the country in the wrong direction, the 200,000 jobs created by the scheme will result in real people being able to find work again and reduce some of the damage done. But the findings of the Energy Bill Revolution show how vulnerable certain sections of society, particularly the elderly and victims of chronic unemployment, still are. It is imperative that we do not allow the potential 40% rise to occur, as this could result in a vicious cycle of poverty that it will take generations to remove, and we must continue to explore ways to prevent fuel poverty.”