Labour MP Steve Rotheram, alongside Labour MP for St. Helens South and Whiston Marie Rimmer, toured Knauf Insulation’s plant on 30 June, to demonstrate his on-going commitment to supporting businesses in the six boroughs of Liverpool. The Walton MP is a candidate to be the next Mayor of Liverpool and plans to tackle fuel poverty and home energy efficiency issues.
John Sinfield, Managing Director for Knauf Insulation Northern Europe said: “The UK has an ageing and leaky housing stock with many families struggling to meet energy bills that are needlessly high. The latest government figures show almost 30,000 out of 210,000 Liverpool households are currently in fuel poverty with many more at risk of falling into it.
“Recent government plans to tackle the issue do not appear to be at a scale to match the problem. The reality is that if your home is under insulated, energy bills will be higher than they need to be, even if you switch.
“It was a pleasure to host Steve and Marie at our St Helens plant and we welcome Steve’s desire to draw attention to the challenge fuel poverty poses to the people of Liverpool in these uncertain times.”
As strong campaigners for tackling fuel poverty, Knauf Insulation is always open to public figures who take an interest in energy efficiency. Recently released DECC figures for 2014 show that 14.3% of homes in Liverpool are in fuel poverty and as a whole, Britain’s fuel poverty increased by 1.5% to 10.6% since the previous year.
Steve Rotheram MP said: “It was great being shown around the factory and speaking to John about all of the work Knauf Insulation do to champion energy efficiency. It’s brilliant to see such an impressive manufacturing plant so close to home.
“Knauf Insulation recognises the need for greater measures to tackle the problems that the country has with energy efficiency in the home”.
Marie Rimmer MP commented: "I was delighted to join Steve at Knauf Insulation to talk more about his plans to tackle fuel poverty in St Helens and the Liverpool City Region.
“Knauf Insulation is a world leader in its industry and from its site in St. Helens it is driving innovation across Europe. Steve has a bold vision for housing, advanced manufacturing and apprenticeships and I'm proud that local companies like Knauf Insulation could play a leading role at the heart of his administration's plans."