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Fuels: Poverty

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households have been removed from fuel poverty (a) since the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target was introduced, (b) since the Community Energy Savings programme was introduced and (c) since the start of the Warm Front scheme.

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

holding answer 12 December 2011

The Community Energy Savings programme (CESP) was introduced in 2009, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) was introduced in 2008 and the Warm Front scheme was introduced in 2000.

There are a number of policies that have been in place since 2000 that will help customers pay or reduce their energy bills—including CESP, CERT, Warm Front, Decent Homes, Warm Home Discount and the benefit payments that are wholly or partly related to energy costs. It is likely that the current level of fuel poverty in England would be higher had these policies not been implemented. However, no assessment has been made of the aggregate impact of Government action in this area.

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