Protest in Birchington to highlight fuel poverty
- 22 April 2012
- From the section Kent
A march has been held in Birchington in Kent to highlight the problem of fuel poverty.
The protest was organised by Thanet Independent councillor, John Warrow, who said the aim was to put pressure on local MPs to lobby the power companies.
Mr Warrow said: "They [the energy companies] are a bit slow sometimes to lower their prices."
EDF Energy has funded an advisor at the Thanet Citizens Advice Bureau to help those struggling with fuel bills.
Councillor Ian Driver, a member of the Independent group, said the Thanet Citizens Advice Bureau, which he manages, had seen a 160% increase in the number of people with problems paying their energy bills over the past three years.
He said: "Last year alone we saw 395 people who had problems with their energy bills. It's a growing issue."
The mood of the protesters was described as "good natured and jovial", with a trumpeter playing as the protesters walked along the route along the seafront.
Organisers said that about 200 people gathered for the start of the march, although fewer people took part in the march itself.
They were calling on the government to cut fuel duty and energy companies to reduce prices.
Mr Warrow said: "We need to make sure they meet their responsibilities and lower those prices so it follows through to the consumer."