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Consultation

A future demand-led fuel poverty scheme to succeed Welsh Government Warm Homes - Nest

We want your views on a future demand-led energy efficiency and fuel poverty scheme to succeed Welsh Government Warm Homes – Nest from 1 September 2017
Start of consultation: 27/07/2016
End of consultation: 19/10/2016

There are three main factors that influence whether a household will be in fuel poverty.  These are:

  • household income; 
  • energy prices; and
  • the energy efficiency of the home. 
Welsh Government has limited powers to tackle low income and energy prices, making the eradication of fuel poverty a real challenge.  However, we can make a real difference by improving the energy efficiency of homes in Wales with resources targeted at those households most in need of support. 

Support is currently provided through Welsh Government Warm Homes which includes the demand-led Nest and area-based Arbed schemes. Nest and Arbed are continuing in 2016/17.  However, the scheme manager contract for the Nest scheme is due to end on 31 August 2017.  

This consultation seeks the views of stakeholders on the design and delivery of a new scheme to succeed Nest from September 2017.

Update

We have updated the consultation document to provide clarity in relation to the proposed eligibility criteria.

Paragraph 58 of the consultation document states:
 
“The CSE report predicts that approximately 49,696 households fall within the vulnerability group that would be eligible under the criteria proposed at paragraph 52”
This has now been updated to make clear that the figure of 49,696 relates to the approximate number of eligible households if all private rented properties remained eligible. It does not take account of our proposal that private rented properties will only be eligible if they are used to support homelessness. 
Further work is being undertaken to understand the impact of this proposal on the number of eligible households and potential options for the remaining eligibility criteria. The outcome of this work will be used to further refine eligibility criteria.  For example, it may enable the removal of proposed age requirements (over 75 or under 5 years) to maintain an appropriately sized pool of eligible households.

How to respond

Please submit your comments by 19 October 2016.

Email

FuelPovertyandEnergyEfficiency@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Post

Paul Moyle
Energy Efficiency & Fuel Poverty Branch
Welsh Government
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

Large print, Braille and alternative language versions of this document are available on request.