Fuel Poverty (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
December 19, 2012
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Cold homes cost the NHS £1.36 billion a year through the cost to hospitals and general practitioners. Last year there was a 12% increase in deaths in the winter months over the year previously. You already recognised that Londoners need help to protect them against the greed of the energy companies, they need to have their houses retrofitted, they need to conserve their energy so they can use their money more effectively, and yet you are ending your Re:New programme. Would you please reconsider that? Is this a good time to stop this programme?

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Answer

Answer for Fuel Poverty (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Fuel Poverty (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I do not know what you mean, we are not stopping it.

Onkar Sahota (AM): I understood you were bringing the Re:New programme to an end this year.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): No, we want to go on and retrofit as many homes as we can. We have done 67,000 and we are going to continue to do it. ECO covers 100% of the retrofit costs. We want to ensure London gets its fair share of the ECO funding so that we can expand retrofitting.

Onkar Sahota (AM): So the Re:New programme is not coming to an end?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Certainly the programme of retrofitting is absolutely not coming to an end.

Onkar Sahota (AM): How about the Re:New programme?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): It was called BEEP [Building Energy Efficiency Programme], then HEEP [Home Energy Efficiency Programme], it has gone through several names already, the Re:New programme. It may be changing its name but certainly the programme of retrofitting goes on.

Onkar Sahota (AM): Is your office putting money into this programme of retrofitting houses in London?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): We are continuing with a very significant retrofitting programme. I am very happy to share the details with you at a later date but I cannot

Onkar Sahota (AM): I know the energy companies are doing something but this was a programme run through the Mayor's Office. Are you continuing to put money into retrofitting houses for Londoners?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): As you know, Onkar, we are not a funding body for schemes across London. I would be more than happy to give you the details of how the scheme is going to be funded

Onkar Sahota (AM): The key issue, Mr Mayor, is that you were putting money into it and you stopped putting money into it now. Are you saying you want to carry on helping people as you have done so previously?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I do not know quite what you are talking about but we continue with our ambitions to expand our retrofitting programme which has so far covered 67,000 homes to help Londoners out of fuel poverty. I am more than happy to share with you the details of how that is to be funded, but it is vital that we get our share of funding from Government. The Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) programme comes to an end this year. It is being replaced by ECO and the Green Deal and we need to ensure that London gets its fair share.

Onkar Sahota (AM): I will leave it at that at this point, Mr Mayor.

Jennette Arnold (Chair): Members, if we are going to get answers to the five questions left can I ask you to agree to suspend Standing Order 2.9(b).

All: Agreed.