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Fuel Poverty: Older People

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 18th February 2020.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to (a) support people aged over 60 who live in fuel poor households and (b) improve the energy efficiency of those households.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

We believe everyone should be protected against the cold in their home and the best long-term solution to addressing fuel poverty is to improve household energy efficiency. The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 sets a minimum energy efficiency standard of Energy Performance Certificate Band E for private rented properties. Pensioners also receive financial support to ensure they can keep their homes warm. Winter Fuel Payments provide pensioners with between £100 and £300 to keep their homes warm during the winter. Those on Pension Credit also receive a £140 Warm Home Discount rebate.

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