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Activists project fuel poverty film onto Sunak's mansion

ENERGY crisis campaigners projected a film about widespread fuel poverty onto Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s sumptuous mansion home where the cost of heating his swimming pool is £13,000 a year.

The mansion with its own grounds at Richmond in leafy North Yorkshire was a sharp contrast to the working-class community in South Yorkshire’s Rother Valley where the film was made.

And the film was made to highlight how many people are struggling to support themselves and each other through the cost-of-living crisis with a huge increase in the use of foodbanks.

The documentary film, The Cost of Living, was made by Greenpeace and the New Economics Foundation, which works for “social, economic and environmental justice.”

New Economics Foundation community organiser Heather Kennedy said: “The Cost of Living shows communities in South Yorkshire, but the circumstances they face will be familiar to people right across Britain.

“After the longest fall in incomes on modern records, and over a decade of underfunded, crumbling public services, we are being hit with inflated energy costs that are making fossil fuel companies rich and us poor.

“The rise in energy prices is made much worse by our poorly insulated leaky homes which waste our money every time we turn on our heating.”

Nearly seven million people now live in fuel poverty and cannot afford to heat their homes properly while energy profiteers charge customers the highest energy prices in the world.

The film will be released online on Tuesday next week and screened at more than 40 public venues across the country. For your nearest screenings, check here


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