Fuel Poverty

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 7th January 2016.

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Photo of Gavin Newlands Gavin Newlands Scottish National Party, Paisley and Renfrewshire North

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to reduce the level of fuel poverty.

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

A reformed domestic supplier obligation (ECO) from April 2017, which will run for 5 years, will upgrade the energy efficiency of over 200,000 homes per year tackling the root cause of fuel poverty. Our extension of the Warm Home Discount to 2020/21 at current levels of £320m per annum will also help vulnerable households with their energy bills.

We intend to focus our efforts through ECO and the Warm Home Discount more effectively on the fuel poor, and will be consulting on our future approach in the spring.

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