Fuel Poverty

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What plans do you have in place this winter to help fuel poor households?


Answer for Fuel Poverty

Answer for Fuel Poverty

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am fully committed to tackling fuel poverty in the capital. Despite having around 9.8% of England's total fuel poor, it is now the third lowest level out of all regions. The average depth of fuel poverty experienced by Londoners is now one of the lowest in the country and excess winter deaths have also fallen by over a 1,100 between 2011/12 and 2013/14 (latest published statistics). We need this downward trend to continue, so I am taking action through:

                    RE:NEW is supporting over 50 London boroughs, housing associations, and universities to implement retrofit projects and alleviate fuel poverty.

                    Introduction of a new London Rental Standard to ensure Landlords meet their energy efficiency obligations and address very cold homes;

                    Reducing my share of council tax for the 3rd consecutive year to help reduce the cost of living;

                    Boosting the income of Londoners by increasing the London Living Wage - over £60m into the pockets of Londoners;

                    Promoting uptake of benefits like free energy efficiency measures, through my 'Know Your Rights' campaign.