Fuel Poverty

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Ian Paisley Jnr Ian Paisley Jnr Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will make it his policy to implement the Affordable Warmth Manifesto published by the End Fuel Poverty Coalition in September 2014.

Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

There has been a constant decrease in fuel poverty since 2010, Government is committed to tackling fuel poverty.

We have a strong package of policies delivering assistance to the fuel poor, these include; The Energy Company Obligation (ECO), The Warm Home Discount Scheme, The Big Energy Saving Network, Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments. The Affordable Warmth element of ECO alone has delivered around 398,000 measures to around 313,000 low income and vulnerable households to the end of November 2014.

In addition, we have introduced a new fuel poverty target for England to ensure that as many fuel poor homes as is reasonably practicable achieve a minimum energy efficiency standard of Band C by 2030.

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