Calls for action to help pensioners facing fuel poverty

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A LEADING MP is calling for action to tackle fuel poverty amongst the over 75s.

William Bain MP says the UK Government should back plans by Labour to cut home fuel bills for the over 75s.

Mr Bain says placing the over 75s on the lowest possible energy tariff will help nearly 6,300 pensioners in his constituency.

The Glasgow North East MP said: “There are 6,299 people aged over 75 in my constituency who would benefit by £200 a year on average if this Government would implement Labour’s plans to cut bills for the elderly.

“Over five million people are being overcharged across the UK< and in Scotland more than one in four people are in fuel poverty as bills rise, and incomes fall at the steepest rate since the last days of the previous Tory Government.

“The Energy Secretary (Ed Davey) should be making a start to ease the biggest squeeze on living standards for 90 years by ensuring that all over 75s are placd on the lowest possible tariff.

“In doing so he would be helping four million pensioners across the country.”

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