Fuel Poverty Reduction Programme
MHP aims to reduce fuel poverty across the district.
The Partnership will actively promote and support measures to reduce fuel poverty, which currently stands at 22% of all households making the district one of the worst affected areas in the country.
Principal causes include the large numbers of solid walled properties and the lack of a mains gas supply to around one third of all properties.
Fuel poverty is defined as arising when households need to spend more than 10% of their income on maintaining a comfortable level of warmth in their house.
Conventionally this is equivalent to a temperature of 21o C in main living areas.
The main factors causing fuel poverty are:
- The price of fuel (affected by the availability of choice of fuel)
- The energy efficiency of the property (now rated via an Energy Performance Certificate rating)
- Low or fixed levels of income
The Partners have provided leadership in tackling the first two factors by:
- Encouraging residents' participation in energy switching schemes
- Encouraging oil-buying groups as a means of getting a better deal on heating oil
- Establishing a fair and transparent deal for bulk LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) which ensures that residents do not pay more than they need to
- Delivering free loft and cavity wall insulation to over 500 homes
- Actively supporting Green Deal and ECO energy efficiency measures which became available from October 2013.