WAG Accused of Inaction as Fuel Poverty Soars

2010 Rhagfyr 22 1:05 PM

The Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams, has again questioned whether the Welsh Governments Fuel Poverty alleviation measures are being targeted in the right way after figures released showed that a staggering 200,000 more households are now living in fuel poverty than were doing in 2004. The recent heavy snowfall and continuing freezing temperatures have brought the issue back into the limelight.

Kirsty Williams said:

"Weve seen continuing significant snowfall across large parts of Wales in the past weeks, and if the severe winter continues, people are going to really struggle with bills and yet again be faced with the choice of heating or eating. In the 21st Century, this is nothing short of a disgrace.

"I said when the Labour-Plaid government published their fuel poverty strategy earlier this year that it was not going to be targeted properly as it was based on figures from 2004. Now, we see that since then the number of households in fuel poverty has more than doubled.

"How can the Minister argue that the strategy is going to work given that the figures used to inform it are so massively out of line with reality? I am pleased that the coalition government in Westminster is protecting the winter fuel allowance for the more elderly in the community, and it is high time that the Welsh government played their part in protecting welsh citizens during the colder months."

Notes: Living in Wales 2008: Fuel Poverty released by the UK Statistics agency in November 2010 showed that in 2008, some 332,000 households were living in fuel poverty in Wales, an increase of nearly 250% on 2004.

http://wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/housing2010/1011261/?lang=en

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