Redefining Fuel Poverty

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-12-18
Session date: 
December 18, 2013
Reference: 
2013/4675
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

According to official figures London has over 300,000 households in fuel poverty. Given your duty to tackle inequalities, have you objected to the Government's attempt to redefine fuel poverty in the Energy Bill? According to the Environment Audit Committee this will have the effect of instantly reducing the number of households considered by the Government to be fuel poor by nearly a third, further understating the problem.

Answer

Answer for Redefining Fuel Poverty

Answer for Redefining Fuel Poverty

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The proposed new definition of fuel poverty considers income after housing costs, an approach that I have long been asking Government to consider. The new definition aims to identify those most in need. Under the new definition, London has the second highest number of households in fuel poverty of any other English region, supporting my case as I continue to work with the Department of Energy and Climate Change to ensure London receives its fair share of Energy Company Obligation funding.

Further information on my position is available in my consultation response at http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/environment/publications/mayors-response-to-fuel-poverty-consultation#sthash.J5fjUZej.dpuf.