Despite all-political party agreement and with little hard evidence, Eric Pickles is determined to exempt some house builders from constructing zero-carbon homes. Buy a new home from a small company. And guarantee higher fuel bills, increasing emissions and general confusion between regulators and consumers. Sounds like a poor deal all round, both for the purchaser, and the marketing prospects for smaller construction companies? I would agree. But nonetheless Communities Secretary Eric Pickles seems determined to foist this absurd proposal onto the marketplace as soon as possible.
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey is finally laying regulations before Parliament that are intended to bring the coldest and leakiest private-rented homes up to a minimum Energy Performance Certificate of Band E by April 2018. But today’s development does not go far enough. Given Britain’s status as the ‘Cold Man of Europe’, and that energy efficiency support for households, particularly fuel poor households, has collapsed this winter, we cannot stress enough that the regulations have got to go further.
ACE Research have been working with The Children's Society to investigate the problem of energy debt for families. The research found that almost a million children are living in families in energy debt and too often energy companies are not following their legal obligations to help these families.