NEA welcomes the publication of the Fuel Poverty Action Plan for London
Today the Mayor has published a comprehensive draft action plan to help more than 1/10 Londoners who cannot heat and power their homes. Peter Smith, Director of Policy and Research at NEA welcomes this development and comments:
“Far too many Londoners’ health and well-being is damaged as they struggle with high energy prices, low incomes and living in homes which are impossible to keep warm. We agree with the Mayor that this is shameful in a city as wealthy as our capital. We therefore welcome the Fuel Poverty Action Plan which sets out the key steps the Mayor, Boroughs and central government need to take to prevent needless winter deaths and the huge financial costs of inaction.
“The Mayor is also right to call for greater ambition from national policy makers to address the scale of this cold homes crisis. He also correctly underlines the huge opportunity to make energy efficiency a key national infrastructure priority. This would lower bills, create jobs, increase productivity and reduce needless emissions. We look forward to working collaboratively with the Mayor and other partners to make these ambitious plans a reality”.
- To read the Draft Fuel Poverty Action Plan click here and the related Draft London Environment Strategy click here.
- NEA is an independent charity working to protect low-income and vulnerable households from fuel poverty and exclusion in the energy market.
- Professor Hills’ recommendations the Low Income High Cost (LIHC) indicator definition is now used in England. This states that an individual is considered fuel poor where they have required fuel costs that are above average (the national median level) and were they to spend that amount; they would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line.
- The low income high cost measure consists of two parts, the number of households that have both low incomes and high fuel costs and the depth of fuel poverty amongst these households. Prior to the introduction of the Low Income High Costs indicator in England, fuel poverty was measured under the 10 per cent indicator across the whole of the UK.
- Using the LIHC indicator fuel poverty in London remains at unacceptable levels, with more than 335,000 households affected according to the latest available data.
- The 10 per cent indicator continues to be used in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Under this indicator, a household is considered to be fuel poor if they were required to spend more than 10 per cent of their income on fuel to maintain an adequate standard of warmth. An adequate standard of warmth is usually defined as 21ºC for the main living area, and 18ºC for other occupied rooms.