The Government has today published its new Fuel Poverty Strategy for England. While welcoming the intention to bring the homes of the fuel poor up to a high energy efficiency standard, we believe the target date of 2030 is far too long to wait. We also believe that all low income households – not just those that are fuel poor today – should be improved.
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.