To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department has spent on measures to alleviate fuel poverty since 2000, broken down by (a) initiative and (b) vulnerable group as defined in the Fuel Poverty Strategy.
Funding within Government for fuel poverty measures principally lies with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. BERR has provided £2 million to fund a pilot project to test the scope for community-based schemes to address fuel poverty in partnership with the Regional Development Agencies in North-East England and Yorkshire and Humberside. This will provide high value measures to 4,000 households in 20 communities in each region. I recently announced funding of £3 million for a further pilot project under the Low Carbon Buildings programme. This will provide microgeneration technologies to deprived households on a community basis. Both of these projects, which focus only on communities with high levels of multiple deprivation, are designed to assist low-income households, including vulnerable fuel poor households.