As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and South Yorkshire Times, Michael has supported plans to help end the scandal of people having to live in cold homes.
Recent statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change show that over 10,000 households in Barnsley Local Authority live in fuel poverty, with nearly 4,000 of the households in Barnsley East.
Michael has backed plans to make at least five million homes more energy efficient over the next 10 years – cutting heat loss and bills for low income families. This follows last year’s commitment by Labour to freeze energy prices up to 2017 while reforming the energy market.
Commenting, Michael said:
“It is shocking that one-in-ten households in Barnsley are fuel poor. This scandal has to stop.
“In the past four years, energy bills have increased by a staggering £300. Investing in energy efficiency is the best way to keep bills down and to lift people out of fuel poverty. I am backing plans to help low income and fuel poor families across Barnsley, to help save households on average, an estimated £270.”