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ACE statement in response to today’s fuel poverty announcement

Responding to DECC’s announcement of a new fuel poverty definition for England and a new framework for future action on fuel poverty, ACE’s Head of Parliamentary Team Jenny Holland said:

“The Fuel Poverty Strategy produced pursuant to the WHECA 2000 placed a duty on the Government to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016. It has been apparent for many years that successive Governments have failed to do enough to be credibly on track to meet this target. In addition, by today adopting a relative definition of fuel poverty, it becomes impossible for them to meet the target as currently expressed.

“It has been our long-held view that fuel poverty-proofing our inefficient housing stock is the only permanent solution to the scourge of fuel poverty. We therefore welcome as a step in the right direction the Government’s stated intention to adopt a new target to improve the energy efficiency of the homes of the fuel poor. We shall be urging the Government to adopt a credible, adequately resourced and ambitious target – both in terms of the level of energy efficiency improvement and the number of homes to be improved.”

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