Warmer homes, lower bills and a greener Britain
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats have announced that future Governments will be required by law to help fight fuel poverty by making the coldest, leakiest homes more energy efficient.
Households on low incomes and high energy costs, often caused by poorly insulated homes, will face lower bills as they are raised to a Band C energy efficiency rating by 2030.
Alongside this, the consultation Cutting the Cost of Keeping Warm puts a particular emphasis on helping low-income households who are not connected to the gas grid and those whose health can suffer from living in the cold.
Proposed changes to the private rented sector will also mean that people living in rented accommodation will enjoy warmer homes with lower bills. From 2016, tenants will have the right to request energy efficiency improvements from their landlords.
Unveiling the new proposals, Ed Davey said:
"These proposals mark a radical shift away from old policies of tinkering at the edges without tackling the root causes of fuel poverty - homes that need too much energy and leak too much heat to be able to keep warm.
"We'll target the worst properties first, where people in the most extreme cases face paying over £1,500 more than they need to. We'll work with partners - including GPs and others working in in healthcare - to make sure the right help gets to those who need it the most.
"And today I'm reaffirming our commitment to the most vulnerable households by confirming that the current levels of help they are getting through the Energy Company Obligation will be maintained, and will continue for an extra two years - helping over half a million more low income households."
Since 2010, the number of households in fuel poverty has fallen every year through actions made by Liberal Democrats in Government. Nearly 400,000 vulnerable homes have already been helped through ECO and the Green Deal, while last winter the Warm Home Discount reduced the bills of more than 2 million low income households, including 1 million pensioners.