14 July 2011
Responding to press reports that Government figures show the number of UK households in fuel poverty rose by one million in 2009 to 5.5 million, Mike Hobday, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“These figures are deeply worrying for the thousands of cancer patients who already face rising energy fuel bills. Their condition makes them feel the cold more, and consequently, they spend a lot of time at home during treatment or recovery, pushing up their energy bills.
“Over 5,000 people signed our petition calling for more help so that people with cancer can keep warm without the worry. This was presented yesterday to the Climate Change Minister Greg Barker and we will continue to work with the government to address this serious issue.”
For further information, please contact:
Julie Wills, Assistant Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4933 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
Photos available upon request of Macmillan campaigners presenting Climate Change Minister Greg Barker with our fuel poverty petition.
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0800 500 800 for an information pack.