The Chair of the Committee on Fuel Poverty (CFP), Rt Hon Caroline Flint, has written a letter to the new Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister, Liz Truss, on the energy price crisis.
Dated 2nd September, prior to the new PM announcement, the letter details a range of options for responding to the energy crisis, with practical actions that can deliver support to those in need.
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The CFP advises the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) towards reducing fuel poverty and has been working independently, and with officials, on how best to respond to the current crisis.
Targeted Support: To avoid fuel poverty, the Government must ensure that the majority of support is targeted at those most in need. This includes income support, a review of standing charges, and a social tariff.
Energy Efficiency: Energy Efficiency programmes need to be accelerated in order to reduce demand for energy and reduce fuel poverty. The Government must ensure that there is no uncertainty or delay about the funding of these programmes, including ECO4, ECO Plus, Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, and more.
Energy Prices: The price of energy should reflect the costs of generation and not merely the cost of the most expensive generation. To this end, the Government must end the link between electricity prices and the wholesale gas price.
Fair Treatment of Customers: The regulator must have powers to ensure that energy companies comply with their legal obligations and treat customers fairly; they should not be able to take actions that make it harder for people to heat their homes.
The CFP now awaits a response from the new Prime Minister, offering the Committee to use for further discussion or as an informal sounding board for initiatives.
"It is absolutely essential that, at such a crucial time for our country when the cost of living crisis starts to really bite, the government makes firm commitments around energy efficiency as a cornerstone to reducing the number of people in fuel poverty. We cannot reach our commitments on Net Zero by simply increasing funding for energy production; we need to reduce the energy demand associated with heating our buildings; otherwise, we plunge more people into fuel poverty." - Andrew Parkin, Managing Director