Adam Scorer, Chief Executive of National Energy Action responds to announcement by the Public Accounts Select Committee that the Renewable Heat Incentive has failed to meet its objectives or provide value for money for the £23 billion expected total cost to taxpayers.
‘’This report makes sober reading. The Government should honour their previous commitments and repurpose the current scheme to support fuel poor households who have the lowest incomes and are living in hard to heat, solid wall homes without functioning central heating.
“NEA highlights the urgency that’s needed to deliver these reforms. An end to support for heating oil boilers from this September could leave 140,000 of the poorest households in the deepest fuel poverty, left without any way of heating their homes. NEA stresses low income households must be able to access other policies that can provide suitable alternative forms of heating, via the Renewable Heat Incentive or new bespoke policies.’’
Notes for Editors:
- For a copy of the report visit https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/public-accounts-committee/news-parliament-2017/renewable-heat-incentive-report-published-17-19/
- National Energy Action is the national fuel poverty charity campaigning to ensure that everyone in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can afford to live in a warm, dry home.