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Fuel Poverty: Older People

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to reduce fuel poverty among older people. (308905)

The Government have a strong package of measures to help reduce fuel poverty among vulnerable households which includes the elderly. This is centred on tackling the three root causes of fuel poverty:

Reducing the demand for energy by improving home energy efficiency through schemes such as Warm Front and equivalents in the devolved Administrations, CERT, CESP and Decent Homes;

Ensuring competitive energy prices through a robust system of regulation aimed to protect all consumers; and

Raising real incomes, including winter fuel and cold weather payments alongside the wider tax and benefit system and through benefit entitlement checks. We have introduced legislation to implement mandated social price support schemes once the current voluntary agreement with suppliers comes to an end and have said that we are minded to focus the majority of the additional resources on older pensioner households on the lowest incomes.