Tackling fuel poverty is a priority for the Government. Since 2000, the Government have spent £20 billion on fuel poverty benefits and programmes.
The UK Fuel Poverty Strategy was published in November 2001 and sets out the approach of the Government (and the devolved Administrations) for tackling fuel poverty. The latest version of the Fuel Poverty Strategy reflects the requirements of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act to do all that is reasonably practicable to end fuel poverty among vulnerable households by 2010.
The Government’s Sixth Annual Progress Report on Fuel Poverty shows that, in England, the overall number of households estimated to be in fuel poverty in 2006 was 2.4 million, of which around 1.9 million were vulnerable. This represents a rise of 900,000 households since 2005 and a rise of 700,000 vulnerable households over the same period.
Since 2000, Warm Front has been the Government’s main scheme to tackle fuel poverty in private sector households to improve the energy efficiency of properties. Since 2005, Warm Front has assisted 3,254 households with insulation and/or heating in Tendring.