Fuel Poverty Group asks for government policy reform

A committee tasked with the study and eradication of fuel poverty across the UK has argued that government policies and allocation of resources need to be changed to achieve fuel poverty goals, a news report can reveal.

The Committee on Fuel Poverty has recently released its first report of recommendations, which outline series of urgent actions to be taken by the government if the UK is to hit its 2020, 2025 and 2030 fuel poverty targets.

More than 10% of the country – or 2.38 million homes – aren’t being adequately heated, data published in the paper has shown. Plus, these households have low incomes and often suffer from highly energy inefficient housing, resulting in health effects and fuel debt.

For this reason, the committee has put forward a series of recommendations that include using data sharing to identify and help vulnerable people more effectively, refocusing energy company schemes on the fuel poor, opportunities for additional funding, greater involvement by local authorities and public health groups and access to good advice.

The committee is calling for more funding to improve the energy efficiency of homes. It estimates it will cost £1.9 billion to achieve the 2020 milestone, a further £5.6 billion to meet the 2025 milestone and another £12.3 billion to meet the 2030 target.

The report adds the average household in fuel poverty would need to spend an additional £371 per year to heat and power their home to a reasonable standard.

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