Tasked with advising government on fuel poverty policy, specifically the delivery of its Fuel Poverty Strategy, the report offers detailed analysis and a series of urgent recommendations in order for impending 2020 and 2030 government fuel poverty targets to be met.
Noting the closeness of the government’s 2020 target deadline, it makes a series of urgent recommendations to increase the efficiency, impact and likelihood of averting expected shortfalls in delivery and funding. Even with ramped up and more targeted action, the committee notes that to meet the 2020 milestones there would be a back-up of activity in 2018 and 2019.
Of particular note, the report recommends;
• A stronger emphasis on improvements in the targeting of fuel poor households, right down to being able to identify individual addresses to facilitate roll out of specific services and support.
• Better Data Sharing legislation to connect up information held across government departments.
• Moving expenditure from the full suite of Government fuel poverty programmes so that it is more focused on fuel poor households, to include Winter Fuel Payments, Cold Weather Payments and the Warm Home Discount.
• The provision of a ‘targeting efficiency metric’ for each fuel poverty programme.
• Fuel poor households to be given help with fuel bills until their homes are improved.
• A greater role for councils, charities and health agencies to work alongside fuel companies to delivery energy efficiency programmes.
• Investing into energy efficiency from National Infrastructure funds.
• Placing onus on private landlords to fund energy efficiency up to minimum standards in their properties.
More detailed analysis of the report will be provided by the End Fuel Poverty Coalition, but in the meantime information on the Committee for Fuel Poverty and its report and recommendations can be found here, as well as the government’s 2015 fuel poverty strategy ‘Cutting the cost of keeping warm’ for reference.