ACE has submitted a written response to the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s Triennial Review of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group.
ACE has been privileged to be a member of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group (FPAG) since its inception in 2002. The principal purpose of FPAG is reporting and advising on the effectiveness of the delivery of the Government’s Fuel Poverty Strategy on the ground.
The Government recognised the importance of establishing an independent Fuel Poverty Advisory Group as early as February 2001, when it published its consultation draft of the Fuel Poverty Strategy. ACE believes that the Government was absolutely right in its judgment in 2001 and that nothing has changed to make an independent advisory body less vital now than it was then. In fact, with the number of fuel poor households having risen sharply from 1.2 million in 2005 to 3.5 million in 2010 (and projected to surge to 3.9 million in 2012), there is clearly a greater need than ever for Government policies to be subjected to independent scrutiny.
This is particularly important when considered against the backdrop of slashed Government spending on fuel poverty – down by almost a third from 2009 to 2012 – and the fact that the number of low income and vulnerable households helped under the Warm Front programme dropped from 170,000 in 2010/11 to just 24,000 in 2011/12, a near sevenfold decrease in just one year.
Find ACE’s response here.