The Committee on Fuel Poverty has condemned the government’s “unacceptable” failure to ensure that all fuel-deprived households have an energy efficiency rating of E or higher.
In a grim report released Wednesday, the committee of experts said the government had “failed to deliver on its plans and adequate funding.”
The committee, set up to advise ministers on tackling fuel poverty, also criticized the failure of the poorest Britons to make their homes energy-efficient.
The report found that only 15 percent of funding to improve energy efficiency and help with fuel bills was actually given to households in fuel poverty – mostly to “high-income” people. Goes
The report states: “The government has failed to implement its Fuel Poverty Guidelines in order to target the funds available to those living in the deepest levels of fuel poverty to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.” Help them improve their levels and help them pay their fuel bills. ”
He added: “Instead, aid was targeted (and is being targeted) at high-income households.”
The report states that only 55% of the 293,000 fuelless households rated G or F in 2015 were rated E or higher by 2020.
The warning came amid concerns about “winter dissatisfaction” as rising gas prices pushed up energy bills.
Regulator Afjim raised its energy price cap by 12% this month, and analysts fear that the cap could rise by nearly 30% next April. That would mean increasing bills by up to £ 400 – raising fears that more people could be pushed into fuel poverty.
It follows allegations that the government has exacerbated the heating bill crisis by scrapping a successful home insulation program.
The Green Homes Grant offered home vouchers to cover the cost of insulation – but it was scrapped in Chancellor Rishi Sink’s last budget and replaced by a new scheme that funded councils to distribute cash. ۔
Many of the issues highlighted in Wednesday’s committee on fuel poverty report were originally raised in the consultancy’s first annual report in 2016.
A previous report found that only 10 percent of funding for fuel poverty schemes actually went to households in fuel poverty, while the government did not know the majority of the 3.2 million fuel poor households.
The 2021 report found that the government did not yet have this information, stating: “Although the number of fuel-poor households can be estimated … the addresses of these households are unknown and therefore their It’s hard to target help. ”
The committee also raised concerns that going to net zero could increase fuel bills in the short term, meaning more help would be needed, but that money for energy efficiency would be spent on de-carbonization projects. Objected to turning.
A spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said the government welcomed the report of the Fuel Poverty Committee.
The spokesman said: “The energy price cap is protecting millions of consumers from rising global gas prices, and we have launched a امداد 500 million domestic aid fund for the needy, among other schemes for the very weak. ۔ ”
“But we want to go faster and faster, making sure no one is cold in their home. That’s why we’re investing 1. 1.3 billion to upgrade our homes’ energy efficiency.” To help low-income families get out of fuel poverty.