A fuel-poor household cannot afford to keep the home adequately warm at a reasonable cost. This is defined by the government using the low-income high cost (LIHC) indicator. This means that a household is fuel poor if their fuel costs are above average to be able to heat their home to an adequate standard and if they were to spend that amount they would be left with a residual income below the poverty line. This Affordable Warmth Strategy provides a five-year framework over which we will aim to reduce fuel poverty and help residents of Peterborough to live in a warm, healthy and energy efficient home. The plan sets out the actions we will take to achieve this ambition. The Strategy has three main objectives:
- Increasing Energy Efficiency
- By providing schemes to increase the energy efficiency of domestic housing
- By providing energy efficiency advice to residents across Peterborough
- Reducing Fuel Poverty
- By targeting fuel poor households with assistance
- By maximising the income of households in fuel poverty
- By reducing household fuel bills
- Improving Health and Wellbeing through Increasing Affordable Warmth
- By improving household heating without increasing carbon emissions where possible
- Through crisis intervention for vulnerable people in cold homes, including heating installation and repairs
- With help to prevent people falling into fuel poverty
ECO Flex Eligibility
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) requires large energy companies to help improve the energy efficiency of domestic homes by discounting the cost of improvement works. This applies to certain households who are struggling to pay their energy bills and are defined as being in fuel poverty. The Government has now given Local Authorities the ability to identify vulnerable households in their areas which could benefit from these improvements. The new scheme is called ECO Flexible Eligibility.
Peterborough City and Rutland County Councils have jointly published criteria, in a Statement of Intent, enabling them to identify households that would benefit from such improvements under ECO flex. Improvements are often fully funded where the household meets particular criteria and is at risk of fuel poverty.