The Government has launched a consultation in which it proposes focusing its Energy Company Obligation fuel poverty scheme entirely on low-income households. The ECO scheme aims to install energy saving improvements such as insulation and modern efficient heating systems in 900,000 homes by March 2022. As it stands, 70% of the scheme’s beneficiaries have been low-income families. The Government has also launched a separate consultation that looks at making automatic payments to those eligible for the Warm Home Discount and extending eligibility to those receiving Universal Credit who are working and earn less than £16,190 a year. These proposed measures are part of the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, which aims to save energy, cut bills, and bring 2.5m of the UK’s homes up to an Energy Performance Certificate rating of C by 2030. The Government says it will maintain home energy efficiency funding until 2028 at least.
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