Councillors in South Hams, Devon, have lent their support to a bill designed to tackle high prices from energy suppliers that was originally put forward by a Liberal Democrat MP.
Around 25 per cent of residents living in Totnes and Dartmouth are officially in fuel poverty and their situation is growing worse as a result of rising unemployment and the pressures of the recession, reports the Herald Express.
Poor housing conditions contribute to fuel poverty as a lack of insulation and other efficiency measures mean that the heating systems are used more often because a greater quantity escapes into the atmosphere.
Anne Ward, a Liberal Democrat councillor for Totnes, told the paper: "A lot depends on the condition of your house. If people are living in leaky, badly insulated, older properties they have got a problem. Particularly if it is a house without cavity walls."
As a result of the local problems, the recent fuel poverty bill put forward by Liberal Democrat MP David Heath has been supported by the council.
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