A coalition of charities has blamed MP apathy for the failure of a bill which was designed to help tackle price rises from energy suppliers.
Put forward by Liberal Democrat MP David Heath, the bill needed 100 aye votes to go through, but only 91 MPs attended the parliamentary session and two voted against it.
Getsurrey.co.uk reports that 15 per cent of households in Elmbridge, Surrey, currently live in fuel poverty. Two MPs in the area were among those who failed to attend the fuel bill discussion last week.
Linda Wheatly, bureau manager at Esher Citizens Advice Bureau, told the website: "The fuel poverty bill aimed to eradicate fuel poverty by bringing in a major energy efficiency programme and give the secretary of state the power to limit vulnerable households' high energy bills."
The major energy companies have been accused of not doing enough to ensure their poorest customers are on the cheapest available tariffs, while they were also criticised for failing to reduce prices during the winter months.
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