The Westminster Government Local Authority Fuel Poverty Action Plan
To support Councils in helping people in fuel poverty, the Westminster Government must:
- Provide a stable and sustainable approach to funding for home upgrades and move away from short-term funding cycles.
- Legislate to prevent energy firms from charging more than the lowest tariff for those on pre-payment meters.
- Enable tenants to use Rent Repayment Orders to reclaim money from landlords in compensation for living in the worst properties for fuel poverty.
- Launch a public information campaign on landlords’ obligations and tenants’ rights on energy efficiency.
- Support Local Authorities to carry out urgent stock assessments across public and private housing and put in place strategies for improving all housing to a minimum EPC C standard within their areas by 2030 for rented housing and 2035 for owner occupier housing.
- Introduce a Windfall Tax on profits of fossil fuel firms to ensure enough money is raised to help those most in need.