Every Winter, in one of the richest countries in the world, people die because they can’t afford to put the heating on. Yet still fuel prices soar with the poorest expected to pay the most through thieving pre-payment meters.
Every last penny made in profit by the big energy companies is paid in blood. They know if they put prices up then people will die – often older people or those with serious health conditions. They put prices up anyway. As Fuel Poverty Action say on their website:
“In 2012/2013 10,000 people died from fuel poverty, including thousands of people in London, and we are likely to learn that thousands more died last winter. At the same time the Big Six energy companies made £3.7bn in profit – this is equal to £370,000 profit for every person who died.“
Much of that profit comes from pensioners, people living on meagre benefits or those earning paltry wages. After landlords have had their slice of the UK’s social security budget, much of the rest ends up in the pockets of energy companies. Yet it is benefit claimants themselves who are called scroungers, not the vultures rinsng them from all sides. with soaring rent, bills and food prices. Staying alive in the UK – not being happy – just being alive, is becoming a daily struggle for those on the lowest incomes. The fat cat rich scoff at this, or pretend it isn’t happening. But nobody can deny the mounting body count. This wonderful fucking free market we are all supposed to worship is killing people. We have to stop that, because they won’t. They are getting richer and don’t care.
A day of action against fuel poverty is taking place this Friday 28th November.
Meet at 11.30am outside the Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall before marching to Energy UK Regents Street (facebook page). A Pensioner’s Block is meeting at 11am at the main entrance of Charing Cross station, join the facebook event here.
Please help spread the word, more info at: http://www.fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/uncategorized/join-the-day-of-action-against-winter-deaths-on-28th-november/
Follow @FuelPovAction on twitter for latest updates.
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