Households affected by cold homes and fuel poverty

Meeting: 
MQT on 2020-01-16
Session date: 
January 16, 2020
Reference: 
2020/0046
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

There are more than 146,000 cold and damp homes in London. What plans do you have to further expand the Warmer Homes programme to ensure all Londoners, especially vulnerable ones affected by fuel poverty, are protected?

Answer

Households affected by cold homes and fuel poverty

Households affected by cold homes and fuel poverty

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The second phase of my Warmer Homes programme begins in February and will deliver energy efficiency improvements in the homes of at least 1,188 vulnerable Londoners, adding to the 1,159 homes improved in the first phase.

This next phase also allows for delivery in the able to pay sector and my officers are exploring options to trial this. The package of improvements for many homes will include ventilation improvements. Dampness and mould have a significant impact on health, yet ventilation measures are not funded through the national Energy Company Obligation (ECO). Match-funding to increase the number of households supported will be sought from ECO and borough funds. The Warmer Homes Advice Service works with hundreds of referral partners to ensure that we reach the most vulnerable.  

I am also lobbying government to address the large annual shortfall in ECO funds received by London by ring-fencing an amount proportionate to our population.  We should receive £83 million per year yet only receive around £43 million.