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Energy: Housing

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of households in the priority group under (a) phase one of the Energy Efficiency Commitment (EEC), (b) phase two of the EEC and (c) the Carbon Emission Reduction Target programme which were in fuel poverty on the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (317064)

The latest figures available are for England in 2007. The following table shows number of priority group households in England for each phase of EEC and CERT and the proportion of these that are estimated to be in fuel poverty in 2007:

In priority groups

EEC11

EEC21

CERT

All households

Total number of households (thousand)

6,545

5,559

8,681

21,380

Number of fuel poor households (thousand)

1,279

1,224

2,096

2,819

Proportion of households that are fuel poor (percentage)

19.5

22.0

24.1

13.2

1 EEC1 and EEC2 figures are estimated.

Each of the policies covers GB, but fuel poverty statistics are a devolved responsibility.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of fuel poor households which (a) have received assistance in respect of his Department’s provision for each energy saving measure under each of the first two phases of the Energy Efficiency Commitment and the Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) programme in each year since 2002-03 and (b) will receive assistance in respect of his Department’s provision for each such measure under the extended CERT programme; and if he will make a statement. (317065)

The data requested are not available because the English Housing Survey, which is used to model fuel poverty, does not monitor individual households through time, rather it draws a representative sample each year. As such, it is not possible to identify individual households that have received assistance under these schemes, although the impact in aggregate of them will be captured in the fuel poverty statistics.

Over 7 million households have benefited from insulation measures alone since 2002 through EEC and CERT. 40 per cent. of the carbon saving target is required to be achieved in a Priority Group of more vulnerable households on eligible benefits and aged 70 and over, so these schemes will have had a considerable impact in helping many households heat their homes for less. The CERT extension phase from April 2011 to December is proposed to be as ambitious as CERT.