Tackling Fuel Poverty
Many people are worried about soaring energy prices and the possibility of another cold winter, while energy companies are making larger profits. It's not just a worry in our area, but for people up and down the country. That is why earlier this week Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary Chris Huhne chaired an Energy Summit together with the Prime Minister, to ensure the energy companies take action.
Liberal Democrats in Government have been fighting to tackle the dreadful legacy of failures on housing and fuel poverty. Millions of British homes are cold, draughty and expensive to heat - hitting everyone in the pocket and putting the vulnerable at risk.
To tackle this, Liberal Democrats have forced energy companies to spend more on insulating our homes. In October 2012, the Green Deal will start - creating over 100,000 jobs and helping 3 million households insulate their homes at no cost to themselves.
We're doing more for our pensioners as well, with the new Lib Dem Warm Homes Discount giving an extra £120 each year to the least well-off pensioners to keep warm this winter. That's on top of the £4.50 a week pension rise that all pensioners received in April. Pensioners can call 0800 991234 to check if they are receiving everything they are eligible for.
But we can do more in the immediate term. Energy suppliers agreed at the Energy Summit to write to households to let them know they can switch to a cheaper tariff. This will mean that households in Oxfordshire can benefit from this.