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Should HA’s be Included in Proposed Plans for New Energy Scheme?
A recent article in Inside Housing highlights the National Housing Federation is urging the Government to consider social landlords to be included in the plans for the new energy scheme that is set to replace Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.
Ending in 2017, the ECO scheme was designed to help reduce the UK’s carbon emissions, with the big 6 energy companies being obligated to help householders implement energy saving measures. The grant was specifically designed to help low-income households, elderly people and individuals and communities living in older properties. Work itself was often only carried out on social landlord properties with social tenants only benefitting from the scheme if their landlord participated.
As part of the recent spending review, the chancellor announced once this scheme comes to an end it will be replaced by a cheaper energy efficiency supplier obligation with a funding cut of £60m bringing it to £640m.
Inside Housing reports that the Governments shift from a carbon focus to fuel poverty presents uncertainty as to whether there will be funding available to housing associations. The NHF has proposed to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) that they would like to see a scheme which is more accessible to housing associations.
It is essential that action is taken to ensure that the funding is made available to help tackle the issue of fuel poverty and help vulnerable people to reduce their fuel bills. We hope to see this funding made accessible for housing associations and strongly believe NHF and other influential figures can play a pivotal role in achieving this goal.
(Information sourced: Inside Housing, 11th December 2015)