North Devon is full of fuel paupers
NORTH Devon and Torridge suffer some of the worst fuel poverty in the whole of Devon and Cornwall, according to figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats. Nearly a quarter of homes (10,600) in West Devon and Torridge are struggling to pay fuel bills, whil
NORTH Devon and Torridge suffer some of the worst fuel poverty in the whole of Devon and Cornwall, according to figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats.
Nearly a quarter of homes (10,600) in West Devon and Torridge are struggling to pay fuel bills, while in North Devon, 7,800 households are understood to be in a similar position.
The latest figures, recorded in 2006, were released following the tabling of a Parliamentary Question to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change by North Devon MP, Nick Harvey.
He said: "I am shocked by the Government's inability to get to grips with the numbers of households trapped in fuel poverty. Official figures show North Devon suffers from some of the worst fuel poverty in the county."
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Mr Harvey also said the lack of up-to-date-figures highlighted the Government's failings in keeping track of the problem.
The Lib Dem's prospective MP for West Devon and Torridge, Adam Symons, said the figures were a shocking indictment of the lack of investment in housing.
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"Literally billions of pounds are needlessly being sent up in smoke," he said. "Time and again, we have raised this issue, yet the Government has failed to take action.
"We need a programme of warm homes investment to make sure that houses are properly insulated and that residents are not paying more for heating there homes than they need to.
"It makes financial and environmental sense to invest in decent heating and insulation, and in the long run it will be good for the economy, jobs and the environment.