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Our response to CLG consultation on the future of the English Housing Survey

ACE has responded to CLG’s consultation on the ‘Future shape of the English Housing Survey‘. It proposes to severely cut back the English Housing Survey just as DECC published the new fuel poverty strategy for England, which relies on the EHS to measure progress against its targets. You can read our response here, and a summary of our response below.

The English Housing Survey should not be cut at all. The data it collects are of great value to numerous Government policies and Departments, and are invaluable to countless stakeholders who support Government in policy evaluation and recommendations, and who also play a democratic role in holding Government to account for progress against a plethora of policy objectives. In particular, the EHS must be retained on an annual basis in a manner that allows Government to accurately monitor progress on reaching fuel poverty targets set for 2020, 2025 and 2030 and in way which is compatible with previous years’ statistics.

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