A new report has indicated that government support for households burdened by fuel poverty has been cut dramatically in recent years.
According to the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), the amount of money paid to the fuel poor in England is on track for a 26 per cent decline from its 2009 level by 2013. The budget for energy efficiency measures, meanwhile, is on course to fall by 44 per cent over the same period.
“Instead of tackling the blight of fuel poverty, the government has spent far too long twiddling its thumbs: two and a half years reviewing how fuel poverty is defined while at the same time drastically eroding budgets to tackle the problem,” said ACE’s Jenny Holland.
Shadow climate change minister Luciana Berger urged the government to provide more support to measures aimed at improving household energy efficiency, insisting that this would be the most effective way of tackling fuel poverty.
Energy secretary Ed Davey last week unveiled the government’s flagship energy bill, which proposed a raft of measures including large-scale subsidies for nuclear, fossil fuel and renewable energy projects.