We advise on the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing fuel poverty, and encourage greater co-ordination across the organisations working to reduce fuel poverty.
The Committee on Fuel Poverty (CFP) replaces the former Fuel Poverty Advisory Group (FPAG). This follows a triennial review of FPAG which took place during 2014.
Our role is to:
- monitor and report on progress of the Government’s Fuel Poverty Strategy
- support and challenge the Government on delivery
- encourage and foster a partnership approach between Government and stakeholders
- work where appropriate with the Committee on Climate Change.
Establishment of the CFP
The former FPAG was established in 2001. The Triennial Review of FPAG in 2014, concluded that FPAG performed an important function as an expert advisory group and that it should continue in this role as an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body. It also recommended ways to improve the way in which it operates, to enhance its ability to provide independent, expert advice. DECC proceeded to reform the group during 2015, including transitioning the group’s composition from organisational representatives to independent expert members, leading to the establishment of the CFP in place of the former FPAG.
The CFP consists of a Chair and five members. The Chair was appointed by the then Secretary of State in March 2015 and the members were appointed in January 2016. The Chair and members are appointed for three years.
Our current members are:
- Tom Wright CBE (Chair)
- Dr Alice Maynard, CBE, DBA, C Dir
- Jenny Saunders, OBE
- Paul Massara
- David R. Blakemore
- Lawrence Slade
Appointments to the CFP are made in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies.
The Committee on Standards in Public Life recommends that holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest. In line with this, DECC maintains a conflict of interest register for CFP members. (Link and register to follow.)