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Londoners can't afford to cook food bank hand-outs as energy bills soar

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Communities, Health, Housing

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An astonishing 68% of Londoners have cut back on heating their homes in the wake of big energy price hikes, a survey has revealed.

Shockingly, the study found that some people who have received food from food banks have had to return it - because they can't afford to cook it.

The survey of over 2,000 people across the capital also found that 63% of over-65s have been turning off the heating as the massive fuel cost increases bite.

In response to the figures, the report, written by Murad Qureshi, London Assembly Labour Group environment spokesperson, calls on mayor Boris Johnson to take action and help Londoners by:

  • Setting up a home energy advice team which would be a single point of contact for people needing help or assistance with fuel bills, insulation and energy efficiency;
  • Establishing a de-centralised energy research project to look at setting up energy cooperatives across London.

Speaking ahead of the report’s publication, Murad Qureshi said: “Today’s report highlights the scale of the energy crisis facing Londoners, over two-thirds of people surveyed said they have cut back on heating their homes due to increasing bills. Gas and electricity prices continue to rise above inflation putting further pressure on household finances. In London this is made worse by the already higher cost of living, adding to the strain.

“I am calling on the mayor to help struggling Londoners by setting up a single point of contact where people can get help and advice on energy efficiency and their bills. This will help people get the best deal and save money on their bills. He also needs to establish a research project to kick-start de-centralised energy production across London. This will help foster competition and get Londoners a better deal.”

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