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Haslingden student takes fuel campaign to Commons
12:02pm Wednesday 27th June 2012 in Rossendale
A HASLINGDEN High student has taken her campaign to highlight hardship among children to the House of Commons.
Polly Courtney, 13, is a young fuel poverty champion for the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).
She called on the government to use carbon tax revenue to make UK households more energy-efficient.
At the reception held in support of the Energy Bill Revolution drive, Polly, from Blackburn, said: “I became involved in this important campaign after reading at least a million children live in fuel poverty in the UK.
The figures shocked me and I soon realised what the consequences would be if we don’t take action now.
“I strongly believe if everybody comes together to support this campaign we can create a sustainable future.”
Polly has also been involved in making a video about the Energy Bill Revolution campaign.
NCB’s chief executive, Dr Hilary Emery, said: “For a child, living in fuel poverty means growing up in a home that is cold and damp and this will have a real impact on a child’s health, learning and enjoyment of life.”