ECO funding

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th September 2019.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

What progress have you made lobbying the Government to devolve London’s fair share of ECO funding?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Despite having 13 per cent of Great Britain’s population London only receives 6.8 per cent of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), meaning we lose out on almost £40m per year. I have made the case repeatedly to Government, and to the BEIS and Treasury Select Committee, for London to have ECO funding devolved to me at least on the same basis as that available to Scottish Ministers.

Most recently my Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy wrote to the new Energy Minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, on this subject and others. Although the Government continues to refuse to devolve powers and give Londoners, particularly the fuel poor, a fair share, in December 2018, the GLA was given the power to deem certain households on low incomes or with long term illnesses or disabilities eligible for ECO funding, and this power has been used successfully to access ECO funds.