Housing: Insulation

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 1st August 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a national fund to help low income, vulnerable and fuel poor households insulate their homes.

Photo of Lord Duncan of Springbank Lord Duncan of Springbank Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We agree that increasing the energy efficiency of homes is the most sustainable long-term strategy to tackle fuel poverty.

That is why we have committed to driving £6 billion of investment in energy efficiency over the decade. Support for energy efficiency is available now through the Energy Company Obligation scheme, which requires energy companies to deliver heating and energy efficiency measures such as cavity wall insulation. The updated scheme, launched in late 2018 and running until March 2022, focuses entirely on providing support to low income, vulnerable and fuel poor households and is funded at £640m per year.

We have also introduced, from 1 April 2018, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards which require landlords to invest up to £3,500 in energy efficiency improvements such as insulation to improve their rented properties to Energy Performance Certificate rating Band E.

We are consulting on an update to the Fuel Poverty Strategy for England. In this consultation, we seek views from stakeholders on what policies might be included in a policy plan to improve energy efficiency for households in fuel poverty.

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