Fuel Poverty: Meters

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 17th November 2010.

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Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to increase the level of awareness among prepayment meter users in or at risk of fuel poverty of the (a) availability of funding from energy efficiency programmes and (b) possibility of carrying out improvement works without a landlord's permission.

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

The Government are committed to helping those households who are in fuel poverty. We recognise the need to help more of the most vulnerable to keep their homes warm at an affordable cost. Current schemes, including Warm Front and the carbon emissions reduction target (CERT) promote awareness across all customers, including those who have prepayment meters.

In addition, from late 2012 the new energy company obligation, as part of our Green Deal initiative, will focus particularly on those households who need additional support, including the poorest and most vulnerable and those in hard to treat homes.

Energy efficiency improvement works under the Green Deal will require a landlord's permission. However, we are seeking to create powers in the Energy Security and Green Economy Bill which could require landlords to honour reasonable requests for energy efficiency improvements, where a financial support package, such as the Green Deal, is available.

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