Fuel Poverty Action Plan

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-09-11
Session date: 
September 11, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3375
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Along with further projected increases in domestic gas and electricity costs, the Government's welfare and housing reforms are leading to, what I consider, a 'perfect storm' for the fuel poor - which will most especially be felt by Londoners. The May 2013 RE:NEW evaluation summary report clearly shows the programme is not geared up to helping fuel poor households. Will the Mayor therefore take the issue of fuel poverty seriously and as a matter of urgency, commit to producing a London Fuel Poverty Action Plan in run-up to this winter?

Answer

Answer for Fuel Poverty Action Plan

Answer for Fuel Poverty Action Plan

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written response from the Mayor My Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy sets out the actions I am taking on fuel poverty and I have agreed with the London HECA Network, formerly London Carbon Action Network, an Affordable Warmth and Health Action Plan.

I am committed to tackling fuel poverty. My RE:NEW programme has recently allocated £5.3 million DECC funding to finance energy efficiency measures in London's fuel poor homes. I will shortly be publishing my Better Environment, Better Health guide for boroughs to integrate fuel poverty, among other environmental indicators, into their new public health powers and priorities. I have reinvigorated my RE:NEW programme with a Support Team that will work directly with social housing providers and boroughs to deliver energy efficiency programmes at a larger and faster scale, currently £187 million projects are in the pipeline.