Group to ensure vulnerable gain from green deal
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has set up a group to examine ways to ensure vulnerable people benefit from its green deal energy efficiency scheme.
The ‘Green deal hard to reach households panel’ is chaired by Conservative MP for South Thanet Laura Sandys and met for the first time last week.
Its aim is to ensure all households can benefit from the green deal and energy company obligation when the initiatives launch in the autumn.
Under the green deal households will be able to get work to improve the energy efficiency of their home carried out at no up front cost. They will pay for the work over time using fuel bill savings that result from the improvements.
The £1.3 billion a year energy company obligation will be used to subsidise measures where the cost of the repayments would otherwise exceed fuel bill savings.
The panel will examine potential barriers vulnerable households face in accessing the green deal, and recommend ways in which these can be overcome.
Climate change minister Greg Barker said: ‘I want to ensure everyone is able to reap the benefits that the green deal has to offer. This means getting the message out right across the country, including to the most vulnerable households.’
Ms Sandys said: ‘The green deal has the potential to hugely reduce the number of people living in fuel poverty. Ensuring that the energy efficiency scheme can be accessed by those living in the hardest to treat homes will be vital if this scheme to succeed.’