Labour MP Steve Rotheram, alongside Labour MP for St. Helens South and Whiston Marie Rimmer, toured Knauf Insulation’s plant recently to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to supporting businesses in the six boroughs of Liverpool.
John Sinfield, managing director for Knauf Insulation Northern Europe, said: “The UK has an ageing and leaky housing stock with many families struggling to meet energy bills that are needlessly high. The latest government figures show almost 30,000 out of 210,000 Liverpool households are currently in fuel poverty with many more at risk of falling into it.
“Recent government plans to tackle the issue do not appear to be at a scale to match the problem. The reality is that if your home is under insulated, energy bills will be higher than they need to be, even if you switch.”
Recently released DECC figures for 2014 show that 14.3% of homes in Liverpool are in fuel poverty and, as a whole, Britain’s fuel poverty increased by 1.5% to 10.6% since the previous year.
Mr Rotheram said: “It was great being shown around the factory and speaking to Mr Sinfield about all of the work Knauf Insulation do to champion energy efficiency. It’s brilliant to see such an impressive manufacturing plant so close to home. Knauf Insulation recognises the need for greater measures to tackle the problems that the country has with energy efficiency in the home”.