18 September 2012
Commenting on Government proposals to introduce a new way to measure fuel poverty in England, Laura Keely, Campaigns Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“To feel too scared to put the heating on because of soaring energy bills is an unacceptable reality for thousands of vulnerable cancer patients who feel the cold more and spend long periods of time at home.
“While we’re pleased the Government is looking at a new way to measure fuel poverty in England, we’re concerned the scope of the consultation is far too narrow.
“The Government must act upon the other recommendations highlighted in The Independent Fuel Poverty Review to make sure cancer patients living in fuel poverty are prioritised for help as quickly as possible.”
For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Openshaw, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4699 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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