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) is an obligation on energy suppliers aimed at helping households cut their energy bills and reduce carbon emissions by installing energy efficiency measures.
The majority of ECO is targeted on those in, or at risk of, fuel poverty, under the Affordable Warmth obligation. Energy suppliers will be able to achieve up to 25% of their Affordable Warmth obligation by installing energy saving measures in households declared as eligible by local authorities. This 'flexible eligibility' allows local authorities to make declarations determining that certain households meet the eligibility criteria for a measure under the Affordable Warmth element of ECO.
We have reviewed the eligibility for ECO Flex in this ECO3 transition period and updated our Statement of Intent. The eligibility criteria recognises the circumstances and challenges faced by Peterborough residents during this difficult time and believes the households most at risk of fuel poverty and the effects of living in a cold home will be effectively targeted.