Substantial investment is required if the government is to meet its fuel poverty targets according to its advisory body. The first report of the Committee on Fuel Poverty makes clear that the government must find £20bn if it is serious about meeting its legally binding fuel poverty target – that the energy standards of all fuel poor homes must be at least EPC C by 2030, the standard of homes built today.
The Committee also warns that without a substantial injection of funding, the government is likely to miss its two interim milestones set out in its 2015 Fuel Poverty Strategy, that is:
- by 2020 no fuel poor household should live in a dangerously cold home – below EPC E; and
- by 2025, no fuel poor household should live in a cold home – below EPC
The Committee makes 15 recommendations to government. As well as more money, it recommends re-introducing the Landlord’s Energy Savings Allowance; more financial assistance for households as they wait for energy efficiency improvements; improved targeting of fuel poor households through better data sharing; and improved energy advice.
The End Fuel Poverty Coalition welcomes the CFP’s report and its echoing our core concerns.
The End Fuel Poverty Coalition is calling for the government to:
1. Make sure £20bn is invested in improving fuel poor homes, as recommended by the Committee
2. Hold a much-delayed parliamentary debate on fuel poverty as legally required, already overdue from May
3. Put in place a detailed cross-departmental strategy and plan to show how it will meet the 2030 target and interim milestones
Read the End Fuel Poverty Coalition’s response to the Committee on Fuel Poverty’s report here.