​Target to Upgrade Fuel Poor Homes is missed by Government Jul 14, 2021

​Target to Upgrade Fuel Poor Homes is missed by Government

The Committee on Fuel Poverty has revealed that the Government has missed an interim target to upgrade all fuel poor homes in England to efficiency ratings of E by 2020.

Only half of the fuel poor homes rated in bands F and G in 2015 had been upgraded to band E or better by 2020, a total of 293,000 households.

This is despite the Government's fuel poverty strategy stating that all fuel poor households would achieve the minimum efficiency standard of E by 2020.

The Government is only half way to achieving its 2025 target of upgrading fuel poor homes.

The Committee on Fuel Poverty is calling for a ‘worst first’ principle, focusing efficiency upgrades on the homes in the deepest fuel poverty.

ECO3, the Government's main energy efficiency scheme is due to run through 2022 despite it not being a ‘worst first’ policy.

Forecasters predict ECO will only upgrade 25,000 fuel poor homes in band F and G.

The next rendition of the scheme, ECO4, may focus its attention on those homes in the deepest fuel poverty bracket.

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