How Much?

What would it cost to eliminate fuel poverty in England?

Project duration: July 2006 to October 2007

The cost of eliminating fuel poverty in England for all but the poorest households in England is £9.2 billion.This is the finding of a study co-authored by CSE and entitled ‘How much?', which looked at measures that could be undertaken to reduce residential energy use such as loft insulation, cavity wall insuation, more efficient heating systems, solid wall insulation and renewables.

It found that the income and occupancy of some households is so low that measures such as these couldn't lift the householders out of fuel poverty. For this group only an increase in income would lift them from the ranks of the fuel poor.

Furthermore the study found that — with the exception of cavity wall insulation — measures are not being installed at a sufficient rate to meet the Government's legally binding target of eradicating fuel poverty in vulnerable homes by 2010 and in all homes by 2016, wherever practically possible.

In response to the recommendations of the ‘How Much?' report, Alan Simpson, Labour MP for Nottingham South and Chair of the Parliamentary Warm Homes Group tabled an Early Day Motion to tackle fuel poverty on Monday, 9 June 2008. The EDM calls for a cross-departmental task force to ensure that the Government meets its statutory fuel poverty targets in the short, medium and long term. The Motion has already attracted signatures of over 70 MPs across all parties.

Alan Simpson MP said: "According to its own estimates the Government is not going to reach its target for ending fuel poverty in vulnerable households by 2010. We need an urgent rethink about meeting this target and the Task Force would be a way of putting us all back on track."

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Ian Preston | 0117 934 1422

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