Energy crisis campaigners have projected the trailer of ‘The Cost of Living’, a new film about the struggle of people in fuel poverty, onto Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s mansion in Yorkshire on the eve of the autumn statement.

The documentary, made by Greenpeace in partnership with the New Economics Foundation, tells the story of a community struggling to make ends meet, through the cost-of-living crisis in foodbanks and community centres in the Rother Valley, also in Yorkshire.

The trailer was projected from a van onto the PM’s constituency home, and the film will have public screenings all over the country.

New polling, commissioned by Greenpeace from Survation and released today, shows that the issues raised in the film are a problem nationwide, but particularly in the ‘Red Wall’ constituencies which switched to voting Conservative in the 2019 election.

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According to Greenpeace, the survey shows that 64.6 per cent of the UK have had to make cuts to other spending due to rising energy bills, rising to 72.5 per cent in ‘Red Wall’ constituencies, and 59.3 per cent feel that their standard of living has got worse since the last general election (60.8 per cent in the Red Wall).

“76.8 per cent would support a government programme to install home insulation in their area, rising to 80 per cent in the Red Wall.

“The two main causes of our high energy bills are soaring gas prices which the oil and gas industry are profiteering from and Britain having the coldest, draughtiest housing stock in Western Europe, wasting the energy we’re paying so much for.

“Anonymous briefings about un-costed programmes under the next government are the very definition of too little, too late,” says Greenpeace.

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Heather Kennedy, a community organiser from the New Economics Foundation who works in and around the Rother Valley and helped produce the film, 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.

“But there is investment the government could make in this budget that would protect us from rising energy costs this winter and in the winters to come. Our prime minister Rishi Sunak should kick-start a national programme of home upgrades to insulate Britain’s cold, draughty homes this winter.

“This programme would bring down people’s energy bills now and in the future, and keep people warm in their homes. The faster we do it, the more carbon, money and lives we’ll save.”

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Greenpeace local groups will be holding over 40 public screenings of the film and discussions about the issues it raises, and inviting their local MPs, all over the country. The first three screenings are tonight, the day of the autumn statement, in Edinburgh, Bridgend, and Sevenoaks. The film will be released online on Tuesday next week.

The trailer was projected on to the front of the Grade II-listed house near Northallerton in North Yorkshire as night fell on Wednesday.

The PM was at the G20 meeting of world leaders in Bali at the time. His wife and daughters were not believed to be in the house during the stunt.

Campaigners were able to play the nine-minute film twice without any response from anyone inside, according to The Guardian.

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