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Fuel poverty a 'real issue' for Liverpool

The problem of fuel poverty has been described as a "real issue" in Liverpool by one of the city's leaders.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, councillor Ann O'Byrne said rising energy bills and a lack of proper provisions to stop heat escaping from much of the local housing stock has led to a crisis that needs to be confronted.

According to the latest figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, nearly 30,000 people in the region are finding it difficult to pay for their gas and electricity.

Councillor O'Byrne said: "While we are doing what we can, the government should be doing far more to help those people for whom energy bills have become an increasing burden and worry."

Currently, ministers are trying to encourage people to take advantage of the latest version of the Green Deal, which looks to provide financial support to those hoping to install energy efficiency measures in their home.

Posted by Rachel Jenkins