Tenants face missing out on energy bill savings after the government caved in to landlords’ demands by lowering a cap on the costs they face to upgrade Britain’s draughtiest homes. Landlords must improve the energy efficiency of F- and G-rated homes from next April under new regulations designed to protect vulnerable tenants and cut carbon emissions. But on Tuesday the government said the costs of the upgrade would be capped at £2,500, half what officials had originally told buy-to-let landlords to expect. The total energy bill savings is put at £337m less as a result. The government’s own assessment warned that the lower cap mean s only 139,200 households in England and Wales will benefit from better insulation by April 2020. That is 121,000 fewer than if the cap was at £5,000. Campaigners and industry groups said the change left ministers’ ambitions of tackling fuel poverty in tatters.
Guardian 19th Dec 2017 read more »
New proposals set out yesterday will require private landlords to pay to upgrade the draughtiest homes in England and Wales. But campaigners were left frustrated by the proposals, in which the government endorsed a cost cap of £2,500 for upgrade measures – half the £5,000 figure recommended by campaigners and the Committee on Fuel Poverty.
Business Green 20th Dec 2017 read more »