Fuel Poverty

Stephen Hepburn MP for the Jarrow Constituency has slammed the Tory government for failing to tackle fuel poverty after worrying statistics revealed a big increase in the Jarrow Constituency since the Tories walked into power.


The Jarrow Constituency MP urged the Tories to act after revelations that since 2010 there has been a 35 per cent increase in the number of households being unable to afford the energy needed to keep warm and healthy in their homes.

During Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions, Stephen Hepburn MP said:


“Because of cruel Tory benefit changes and rip-off prices, fuel poverty in Jarrow has increased by 35% under this Government. Is the Minister proud of the choice that the Tories have given people, between heating and eating?”


Chris Skidmore, Minister of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, responded:


“It should be borne in mind that the fuel poverty metric is relative, which means that the number of people in fuel poverty will always fluctuate between 10% and 12%. It is important to focus on the average fuel poverty gap, which fell to £326 in 2016 from £341 in 2015.”


Stephen Hepburn MP added:

“Here we have one of the world’s largest and wealthiest economies, yet there’s no sign of fuel poverty being eliminated. 

“In today’s day and age, people should not have to choose between heating and eating—it’s not on.

“It is time that the Government took some responsibility for this and took action to alleviate the pain that people suffer on fuel poverty once and for all.”



Meet your MP


Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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