30 March 2010
Responding to the Energy and Climate Change Committee report into Fuel Poverty, Mike Hobday, Head of Campaigns, said:
'We are really pleased the Committee recognises the particular needs of cancer patients, as paying fuel bills is one of the biggest worries for many of them. In fact, one in five people undergoing cancer treatment are currently living in fuel poverty. (1)
'We strongly urge the next Government to take this issue seriously by following the report’s recommendations and granting cancer patients full access to the social price support that energy companies will have to offer by 2011.'
For further information, please contact:
Helen Champion, Macmillan Cancer Support Press Office, Tel: 020 7840 4689 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
Why cancer patients struggle with fuel bills
People tell Macmillan they feel colder due to the effects of cancer treatment, they turn the heating up and then receive higher fuel bills, often when their household income has dropped because they cannot work.
1. 9.6% of the general (non vulnerable) population are in fuel poverty, Department of Energy and Climate Change fuel poverty statistics, 2009. 20% of cancer patients in active treatment are in fuel poverty, Macmillan Cancer Support Online survey of 974 people with cancer, May 2009.