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Detail of outcome
Sustainable warmth: protecting vulnerable households in England, the fuel poverty strategy for England, published alongside the government response to this consultation, provides further detail on updates to:
- the fuel poverty metric
- the new sustainability principle
- the vulnerability principle
Detail of feedback received
We received 101 responses to this consultation. Respondents came from varied backgrounds, including energy companies, charities, local authorities and academics.
Responses were generally supportive of the government’s main proposals on:
- retaining the 2030 target and interim milestones
- adding a fourth guiding principle on sustainability
- updating the fuel poverty metric. The updated metric will simplify how we measure fuel poverty, making it easier for local organisations to identify households in fuel poverty and easier for the public to track the government’s progress toward the fuel poverty target
During the consultation period we also attended several stakeholder meetings to gather feedback.
Fuel poverty is defined in the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 as:
a person [who] is a member of a household living on a lower income in a home which cannot be kept warm at reasonable cost.
In 2014, the government introduced in legislation a fuel poverty target for England to improve as many fuel poor homes as is reasonably practicable to a minimum energy efficiency rating of Band C, by the end of 2030.
We are looking to update the fuel poverty strategy for England. This consultation has 2 aims:
- to publish an assessment of the implementation of the 2015 fuel poverty strategy so far
- to seek views on proposals to update the fuel poverty strategy
In light of COVID-19, we are temporarily delaying the publication of the government response to this consultation.
Later this year we will publish the government response and updated Fuel Poverty Strategy for England.