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The Government has significantly reduced the financial support it gives the fuel poor, according to a new report released today.
The report by the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) is the first time the Government’s fuel poverty budget has been analysed in depth by experts outside Government. It finds that the money received by the fuel poor in England has been cut by 26% between 2009 and 2013, taking into account all the Government’s new policies.
It also finds that the budget for energy efficiency measures for the fuel poor in England has been cut by 44%. This has raised particular concern because energy efficiency improvements are considered the best long term solution to end fuel poverty. ACE estimates that the number of fuel poor households receiving energy efficiency measures in England will fall from 150,000 in 2009 to 100,000 in 2013.
The report was commissioned by the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, the biggest fuel poverty alliance ever formed in the UK. It is made up of over 100 leading charities, consumer groups, businesses and unions calling for carbon tax revenue to be used to make the homes of the fuel poor super energy efficient.
The campaign calculates that there is enough carbon revenue to end fuel poverty and in time help make every UK home highly energy efficient. The Government will raise over £2 billion in carbon tax revenue in 2013 with consumers each paying an average of £25 on their electricity bill. By 2020 the Government will raise £4 billion in carbon tax with consumers paying an average of £54.
Ed Matthew, Director of the Energy Bill Revolution alliance campaign said:
“The fuel poor face a triple whammy. The fuel poverty budget has been slashed, gas prices are going up whilst Chancellor Osborne has pocketed every penny of carbon tax. This is despite the fact there is enough carbon tax revenue to end fuel poverty forever. That is a toxic combination which will bring untold misery to millions of households across the UK.”
Jenny Holland, Head of Parliamentary Team at ACE said:
“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. The Government must now urgently recycle carbon tax to make the homes of the fuel poor highly energy efficient. No household should have to choose between heating and eating. It’s time to end this national scandal.”
For more information contact:
1. Ed Matthew, Director of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign:
Tel: 07827 157906
2. Jenny Holland, Head of Parliamentary Team, Association for the Conservation of Energy – Tel: 07875 629781
3. Pedro Guertler, Head of Research, Association for the Conservation of Energy:
Tel: 07790 715024.
Notes to Editors:
1. For a copy of the report ‘The impact on the fuel poor of the reduction in fuel poverty budgets in England’ go to: http://www.ukace.org/publications/ACE or http://www.energybillrevolution.org/resources/
2. Key Findings of the ACE report are as follows:
3. To find out more about the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, the biggest fuel poverty alliance ever formed in the UK, go to: www.energybillrevolution.org