Fuel Poverty

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 29th January 2015.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if the Government will make it its policy to include families with children as a vulnerable group in the Social and Environment Statutory Guidance to the Gas and Electric Market Authority.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Portsmouth, The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Ofgem Review of 2010-11 recommended that the Social and Environmental Statutory Guidance to the Gas and Electricity Market Authority should be replaced with a new Strategy and Policy Statement. The guidance will be repealed once the statement is designated. The draft statement, which Government consulted on last year, makes it clear that helping vulnerable households is one of the Government’s strategic priorities to which Ofgem should have regard to when carrying out its regulatory functions.

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