Torfaen MP backs fuel tax campaign

Torfaen MP backs fuel tax campaign

Torfaen MP backs fuel tax campaign

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TORFAEN MP Paul Murphy backed calls for the money raised from carbon taxes to be used to help those struggling to keep warm this winter.

Last week in Westminster Mr Murphy urged the government to do more to improve the energy efficiency of homes.

Just over one in four families with children in Wales are fuel poor, meaning they spend more than 10 per cent of their net income on heating.

Last year 30,000 people died across Britain because of the cold.

Mr Murphy added: “Far too many people face the unacceptable choice between heating their home and having enough food to eat.

“This cannot be right in 21st- century Britain, particularly when the bosses of energy companies are getting huge bonuses while they raise their customers’ bills.”

The government raises more than £4 billion each year through carbon taxes.

The Cold Homes Week campaign, which is run by a coalition of almost 180 charities, calls on the government to use this cash to improve energy efficiency of struggling households.

The high upfront cost of cutting energy usage is beyond the reach of many without government support.

Director of the Energy Bill Revolution, Ed Matthew, said: “We welcome Mr Murphy’s support for the Energy Bill Revolution. Government must take immediate action to help the millions of people struggling to pay their energy bills, instead of always siding with the few who are making millions in profits.”

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1:50pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Magor says...

Cut VAT on Fuel
Cut VAT on Fuel Magor
  • Score: 3

2:33pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Llanmartinangel says...

No, take it from the foreign aid budget.
No, take it from the foreign aid budget. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 4

5:35pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Sometimes says...

No take it from the Welsh Language budget, no one will notice.
No take it from the Welsh Language budget, no one will notice. Sometimes
  • Score: 2

6:01pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Sometimes wrote:
No take it from the Welsh Language budget, no one will notice.
Even better idea. Agree.
[quote][p][bold]Sometimes[/bold] wrote: No take it from the Welsh Language budget, no one will notice.[/p][/quote]Even better idea. Agree. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 3

6:24pm Fri 21 Feb 14

welshmen says...

Take all the Foreign Aid Budget and all the Legal Aid budget from bogus asylum seekers and foreign criminals....share it out to the British poor, both old and young....
Take all the Foreign Aid Budget and all the Legal Aid budget from bogus asylum seekers and foreign criminals....share it out to the British poor, both old and young.... welshmen
  • Score: 1

9:13am Sat 22 Feb 14

scraptheWAG says...

Sometimes wrote:
No take it from the Welsh Language budget, no one will notice.
what distractions will the WAG have from its failed policies if this is removed.
[quote][p][bold]Sometimes[/bold] wrote: No take it from the Welsh Language budget, no one will notice.[/p][/quote]what distractions will the WAG have from its failed policies if this is removed. scraptheWAG
  • Score: 1

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