[holding answer 26 February 2010]: The Department will shortly be publishing, jointly with the Department for Energy and Climate Change, the Household Energy Management Strategy setting out the Government’s proposals to improve the energy efficiency of our housing stock to reduce carbon emissions. This will be supported by a range of guidance on which we will be consulting in due course.
[holding answer 26 February 2010]: The Decent Homes standard does not include any specification for the thermal efficiency of windows a landlord may decide to fit as part of their local decent homes programme. The standard is a minimum standard that homes must not fall below not a standard that work should be completed to.
[holding answer 26 February 2010]: A local authority is responsible for ensuring that their social housing stock does not fall below the Decent Homes standard and the works they do comply with the standard. If a council tenant considers that their home falls below the standard they should make a formal complaint to the local authority. If, after this process, they consider the local authority has treated them unfairly then they may make a complaint to the local government ombudsman.