Frank Field demands cold comfort for 6,000 Birkenhead kids

Frank Field MP

Frank Field MP

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by , Geoff Barnes

Frank Field is demanding Government action to provide comfort for 6,000 children in the town who are missing vital support to keep their homes warm.

The Government's "Warm Home Discount" scheme requires large energy companies to take £135 a year off poor households’ energy bills.

But the Children's Society has found that nearly 2m poor families with children – representing more than half of all children living in poverty in Britain – are not covered by the scheme because different energy companies use different eligibility criteria for the discount.

Mr Field said: "The costs of fuel, food and housing have taken ever greater chunks out of people's incomes for almost a decade.

"This has been a disaster for poor families, particularly for those with children.

"Extra support towards paying the energy bills can make a real difference to the wellbeing of poor children by helping to cover the cost of living, but the energy companies are letting them down."

Mr Field has written to Energy Secretary Ed Davey demanding answers on how the Government plans to improve the scheme to ensure all those who should benefit from the scheme are able to do so.

He added: "It should be the government's job to make sure the energy companies step up and do their bit to ensure poor families are not forced to live in cold homes.

"That's why I’m urging Ministers to implement a standard set of rules for all energy companies involved with the scheme, which learn from those currently in place that are the most fair to poor families making an application."

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4:52pm Mon 24 Mar 14

bloodtub says...

Spend your money on beer ciggies gambling mobile phones holidays sky tv the claim you can't pay you bills so benefits food banks council tax hand outs bus passes now fuel grants how can you be poor with all these payments it's a joke spend what you get on the things that matter the you would not be poor
Spend your money on beer ciggies gambling mobile phones holidays sky tv the claim you can't pay you bills so benefits food banks council tax hand outs bus passes now fuel grants how can you be poor with all these payments it's a joke spend what you get on the things that matter the you would not be poor bloodtub
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6:48pm Mon 24 Mar 14

PaulCa says...

bloodtub wrote:
Spend your money on beer ciggies gambling mobile phones holidays sky tv the claim you can't pay you bills so benefits food banks council tax hand outs bus passes now fuel grants how can you be poor with all these payments it's a joke spend what you get on the things that matter the you would not be poor
People with IQs in the double figures would quickly catch on that their opinions are being manipulated by the cabinet in cahoots with the gutter press...

You however are excused.
[quote][p][bold]bloodtub[/bold] wrote: Spend your money on beer ciggies gambling mobile phones holidays sky tv the claim you can't pay you bills so benefits food banks council tax hand outs bus passes now fuel grants how can you be poor with all these payments it's a joke spend what you get on the things that matter the you would not be poor[/p][/quote]People with IQs in the double figures would quickly catch on that their opinions are being manipulated by the cabinet in cahoots with the gutter press... You however are excused. PaulCa
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7:27pm Mon 24 Mar 14

bloodtub says...

PaulCa wrote:
bloodtub wrote:
Spend your money on beer ciggies gambling mobile phones holidays sky tv the claim you can't pay you bills so benefits food banks council tax hand outs bus passes now fuel grants how can you be poor with all these payments it's a joke spend what you get on the things that matter the you would not be poor
People with IQs in the double figures would quickly catch on that their opinions are being manipulated by the cabinet in cahoots with the gutter press...

You however are excused.
when you live with people who screw the system every day you see for your self that many are cheating the system that is true and goes on every day
[quote][p][bold]PaulCa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bloodtub[/bold] wrote: Spend your money on beer ciggies gambling mobile phones holidays sky tv the claim you can't pay you bills so benefits food banks council tax hand outs bus passes now fuel grants how can you be poor with all these payments it's a joke spend what you get on the things that matter the you would not be poor[/p][/quote]People with IQs in the double figures would quickly catch on that their opinions are being manipulated by the cabinet in cahoots with the gutter press... You however are excused.[/p][/quote]when you live with people who screw the system every day you see for your self that many are cheating the system that is true and goes on every day bloodtub
  • Score: -2

7:36pm Mon 24 Mar 14

bloodtub says...

bloodtub wrote:
PaulCa wrote:
bloodtub wrote:
Spend your money on beer ciggies gambling mobile phones holidays sky tv the claim you can't pay you bills so benefits food banks council tax hand outs bus passes now fuel grants how can you be poor with all these payments it's a joke spend what you get on the things that matter the you would not be poor
People with IQs in the double figures would quickly catch on that their opinions are being manipulated by the cabinet in cahoots with the gutter press...

You however are excused.
when you live with people who screw the system every day you see for your self that many are cheating the system that is true and goes on every day
the question is when is time to limit handouts why give away more money only to have to cut it later the last labour government gave money away nowing they could not carry on paying it out if they get back into power the will not reverse the cuts because their is no money to spend
[quote][p][bold]bloodtub[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulCa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bloodtub[/bold] wrote: Spend your money on beer ciggies gambling mobile phones holidays sky tv the claim you can't pay you bills so benefits food banks council tax hand outs bus passes now fuel grants how can you be poor with all these payments it's a joke spend what you get on the things that matter the you would not be poor[/p][/quote]People with IQs in the double figures would quickly catch on that their opinions are being manipulated by the cabinet in cahoots with the gutter press... You however are excused.[/p][/quote]when you live with people who screw the system every day you see for your self that many are cheating the system that is true and goes on every day[/p][/quote]the question is when is time to limit handouts why give away more money only to have to cut it later the last labour government gave money away nowing they could not carry on paying it out if they get back into power the will not reverse the cuts because their is no money to spend bloodtub
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