One million more homes in England could be in line for help to cut their energy bills under the government’s latest strategy to tackle fuel poverty. Ministers plan to change the way the government calculates whether a household is fuel poor, after admitting that much more needs to be done to reach its own fuel poverty targets. Under the government’s current definition, 2.55m households live in fuel poverty because they have low income relative to high energy bills. Under the new definition about 3.66m households will be considered fuel poor because they meet the existing criteria and also live in draughty homes with low energy efficiency ratings. Chris Skidmore, the energy minister, said: “The best long-term solution to addressing fuel poverty is to improve household energy efficiency. “That is why we have set the fuel poverty target for England, and committed in our manifesto, to improve the energy efficiency of as many fuel poor households as we can,” he said. The government plans to increase the energy efficiency standards of all fuel-poor homes to a C-banding on the energy performance certificate rating scale by 2030.
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