£6 billion package to help end fuel poverty

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has revealed that nearly a million more low-income households are set to benefit from innovative energy saving measures.

Claire Perry, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, outlined the new plans that will start with re-focusing the flagship Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme entirely on low-income and vulnerable, cutting bills for thousands more families until at least 2028. Since the scheme was launched in 2013, only 70 per cent of beneficiaries have been from low income families.

As part of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, which aims to bring 2.5 million fuel poor homes up to an Energy Performance Certificate rating of C by 2030, the announcement also committed to maintaining funding for home energy efficiency until at least 2028 as part of the Clean Growth Strategy, a total of just over £6 billion.

Perry said: “We have made clear our commitment to eradicating fuel poverty and by making our flagship energy scheme 100 per cent focused on low-income families we are taking another step towards achieving this goal. As set out in our Clean Growth Strategy, we also want to continue to drive world-leading British innovation in green technologies for the benefit all consumers. That’s why we are increasing the opportunity for energy suppliers to get funding to develop new and innovative energy saving product and services, like the award winning company Q-bot’s robotic insulation service.”