Families need to spend £1,165 a year to adequately heat their homes, but people in the lowest 10 per cent of incomes are spending only £723, leaving homes cold and potentially damaging children’s health.
This “fuel gap” of £450 has more than doubled from £200 in 2004, Barnardo’s said.
It is deliberate public policy to make energy for domestic use more expensive. This is, of course, to beat climate change.
If making energy more expensive had been done through a carbon tax, or a reversal of the special low VAT rate, then there would be public funds which could be used to address the \”problem\” of fuel poverty in a segment of the population.
The decision to make energy more expensive by subsidising extremely inefficient methods of energy production has of course removed this option. For the extra expense is going into the pockets of those who own windmills instead of the public purse.
Assuming that something does need to be done about climate change we\’re actually doing the wrong things about. But then we knew that already.