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Fuel Poverty - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:14 am on 19th October 2017.

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Photo of Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan Labour 11:14 am, 19th October 2017

My Lords, I draw attention to my interests as set out in the register. The Minister will be aware that some 850,000 households, or 35%, of the people in fuel poverty are in the privately rented sector. In 2011, the coalition Government introduced regulations which are to take effect next year, but as far as can be discerned, very little in the way of instructions have been given to private landlords to carry out the necessary improvements to change the dreadful conditions that prevail for so many people. They now have less than a year to do something about it. Will the Government give us a clear indication of what will be required of landlords and when that will be published, so that landlords can get on with the job, if they have the stomach and resources to do it?