““While we welcome the principle of using a banding system to measure fuel poverty, it is disappointing that the strategy itself is unambitious and the targets are inadequate for tackling the fuel poverty crisis.
We are worried about the plight of nearly a million pensioners who cannot afford to heat their homes. Cold homes are a huge factor when it comes to the shocking numbers of excess winter deaths each year.
“The only viable long term solution for fuel poverty is to make peoples’ homes as energy efficient as quickly as possible. What we need is a more determined energy efficiency programme that brings all housing up to standard as soon as possible.”