Our lovely solar panels have been keeping us warm and toasty over the winter months, allowing us to get down to business without having to give a second thought to the ‘varied delights’ of London weather. But across the country, there are still people that cannot keep themselves warm, and with Government targets set to eradicate ‘fuel poverty’ by 2016, there is still a long way to go in the fight to overcome the issue. Which is where the Parliamentary Warm Homes Group comes in.
Established as an Associate Parliamentary Group in 1998, the Parliamentary Warm Homes Group plays a key role in maintaining awareness of fuel poverty in Parliament. With an ever growing membership of cross parliamentary support from MPs, Peers and key industry associates, the work of the group is essential to ensure that everyone is able to keep themselves warm.
Part of their work tackles poverty in general, but a lot of work focuses on the need for greater energy efficiency and taking steps to ensure we are consuming heat efficiently and with a greater sense of responsibility. In terms of the bigger picture, it’s a win-win situation, allowing us to reduce emissions whilst saving money and ensuring that people on low incomes do not have to view heat as a luxury.
With this in mind, we happily made our way over to a reception at the House of Commons the other week, signing London recording studio The Premises up as an associate member of the Parliamentary Warm Homes Group. It was a great chance to rub shoulders with MPs such as Dianne Abbott and Simon Hughes and celebrities including Garry Neville and to meet up with old pals like Friends of the Earth and pledge our support for the important work the Group does.
We find ourselves in great company, with Associate Members made up of plenty of key stakeholders in the energy sector. From local councils and charities to power companies, we are now proudly standing alongside a whole host of companies and groups including Friends of the Earth, Help the Aged and the Centre for Sustainable Energy.
And with befitting efficiency, we even managed to get a pic with the Group’s chairman, Alan Simpson MP.