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Retrofit Accelerator - Homes

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

Will the Retrofit Accelerator for homes prioritise vulnerable Londoners, those living in fuel poverty and the least energy efficient properties?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The primary objective of the Retrofit Accelerator - Homes programme is to reduce carbon emissions. But its target audience (social housing) and approach to improving the performance of dwellings (deep, whole-house retrofit) means that many Londoners vulnerable to fuel poverty and living in some of the least energy efficient properties will benefit.

My Fuel Poverty Action Plan revealed that over 93,000 London households in social housing were in fuel poverty. My Housing in London 2019 report stated that households in social housing have by far the lowest incomes of all tenures, with half of them on less than £13,000 a year.

Because Retrofit Accelerator’s objectives are to drastically reduce carbon emissions while improving the indoor environment, high levels of energy efficiency are a pre-requisite for homes supported by the programme. The majority of homes in the early pipeline are also set to be performance guaranteed, offering vulnerable Londoners further protection from rising energy bills.