New research claims that there has been a dramatic drop in assistance available for people living in cold homes.
The number of major energy efficiency measures delivered has dropped 80% – from 112,000 in the winter of 2011/12 to just 22,000 this winter.
According to the Energy Bill Revolution who commissioned the research, the Government’s “unambitious and ineffective”Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) schemes have been a disaster.
Ed Matthew from the Energy Bill Revolution said that the government needs to make energy efficiency a top priority.
He added: “It is a complete disgrace that we are one of the richest countries in the world yet thousands continue to die of the cold because they can’t afford to keep their homes warm.
“If we are to end this needless suffering, we must make the homes of the fuel poor super energy efficient and roll out a national programme street by street through every constituency in the land.”
DECC claims that fuel poverty has fallen every year and is spending more than before to help families this winter.
A spokesperson added: “Help is getting to people who need it most. Over half a billion has been invested in energy efficiency schemes and we’ve invested £310 million in the Warm Home Discount scheme to help vulnerable people pay their bills.”