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Jane East backs Labour’s pledge to end cold homes

Jane East, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Colne Valley, has vowed her support to end the misery of
cold homes.

 

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 Jane East, on the Walpole Estate in Crosland Moor.

 

Government figures show that across Kirklees there are an estimated 21,226 fuel poor homes with over 5,000 of them in Colne Valley.


Under a Labour Government, at least five million homes will be made more energy efficient over the next 10 years – cutting heat loss and bills for low income families. Labour will also provide half a million personalised home energy reports a year as well as offering up to one million interest-free loans to cover the costs of energy efficiency during the next Parliament. This pledge follows last year’s commitment to freeze energy prices up to 2017 while reforming the energy market.


Jane East said: “Energy bills have increased by a staggering £300 in the past four years. Investing in energy efficiency is the best way to keep bills down and to lift people out of fuel poverty. In Colne Valley, there are currently over 5000 households living in fuel poverty. I know from my days as a social worker how miserable it can be for families and older people living in cold homes.


“When I spoke with members of the Marsden and Slaithwaite Transition Towns (MASTT) group they brought this up as a big issue. Many families in Colne Valley live in stone houses which are harder to keep warm and the weather is more severe here than other parts of the country.


“When I become the MP, this will be a priority for me, to make sure that people not only can afford their energy bills but that their homes are sufficiently insulated to start reducing their energy bills. Labour’s commitment to help low income and fuel poor families will save households an estimated average of £270 a
year.”

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