Government Consults on £6bn Energy Efficiency Funding for Low-Income Households

Government Consults on £6bn Energy Efficiency Funding for Low-Income Households

  • 03 Apr 0

The government has unveiled plans to invest £6bn in energy efficiency as part of its clean growth strategy. Nearly a million more low income households are to benefit from energy saving measures under the new plans, with flagship schemes to help reduce bills for thousands more families until at least 2028.

The funding announcement is the latest step in the delivery 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 government launched its clean growth strategy in October last year, setting out plans to invest millions in renewable technology and low carbon innovations as the UK works to meet its 2050 climate target.

A consultation has been launched to focus the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme to tackle fuel poverty and cut emissions by providing energy efficiency upgrades and heating measures entirely on low income households. The Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which was launched in 2013 to reduce carbon emissions by providing energy efficiency upgrades and heating measures, currently only benefits 70 per cent of low-income families. The proposed change would allow 900,000 homes to have energy saving improvements like insulation and efficient heating systems by March 2022.

A separate consultation will also look into extending the eligibility of the Warm Home Discount, which provides £140 towards energy bills of the UK’s most vulnerable. Additional changes proposed in the consultation will enable payments to be made automatically and extending eligibility to people who receive Universal Credit; those working and earning less than £16,190 a year.

Both consultations are open until 29th April 2018 and we are collating comments on how best to implement these policies. To have your say, please email the compliance team at compliance@carbon2018.com or alternatively complete the contact form. To discuss this further please call Melanie Kendall-Reid on 01252 87 87 22.

 


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