Fuel Poverty

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 1st November 2010.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 16 September 2010, Official Report, column 1006, on fuel poverty, whether he plans to extend the energy rebate scheme to all low-income vulnerable households.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Energy suppliers will be required from April 2011 to provide greater help with the financial costs of energy bills to more of the most vulnerable fuel poor households, through Social Price Support-with total support of £250 million in 2011-12 rising to £310 million in 2014-15.

We anticipate that data-matching methods, similar to those which were used successfully in the Energy Rebate Scheme, will be used to target the assistance available through Social Price Support towards more of the most vulnerable households.

We intend to consult on the detailed policy design, including eligibility and targeting methods, later this year.

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