The Federation has welcomed the Government’s new proposal that all homes in fuel poverty should be given an energy efficiency target of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C - but is calling for this to be seen as an interim measure rather than a long-term target.
Our response calls for a more ambitious long term approach, highlighting that while social housing has better average energy efficiency than any other tenure, fuel poverty is still a pressing issue for associations and their tenants, with one in ten housing association households in fuel poverty.
We propose that all tenures should follow housing associations in using the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) rating rather than the EPC rating, as it provides a more in-depth measure of affordable warmth.
Housing associations are well placed to help Government deliver its fuel poverty ambitions and carbon reduction to communities at scale. However, this can’t happen until current policies and funding are changed to support them to do this. Despite the evidence from an Ipsos MORI poll commissioned by the Federation, social housing is still excluded from certain Government measures such as the affordable warmth element of ECO.
In addition to the new proposal, the Government has announced £100 million of funding that will be available for household energy efficiency improvements before the end of November.
Thank you to all those who provided views and evidence to help us prepare our response on the fuel poverty strategy. For more information on the proposals and our response, please contact Andrew Burke.