Heat Or Eat? Fuel Bank Scheme To Assist Families Crippled By Poverty – 25 April 2015

RT logoPoverty-stricken families who face the dilemma of whether to heat their homes or go hungry will be given free fuel vouchers under a new pilot scheme so they can afford to meet soaring energy bills in a climate of ongoing austerity.

The measure has been described by some critics as a public relations exercise that fails to address inequality, low wages and the gradual erosion of the welfare state.

The newly formed “fuel-banks” initiative will offer Britons free fuel vouchers worth £49 in a bid to address Britain’s fuel and food poverty crises. The scheme was set up by energy giant nPower and a group of social justice groups, including leading food bank charity the Trussell Trust.

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