NEA highlights ongoing Green Deal issues

Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) has criticised the government’s latest plans for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, arguing the changes could mean less help for poorer families.

According to the charity, intentions to improve energy efficiency in around 15,000 rental properties around the UK have dashed hopes that the incentive will specifically provide assistance for the needs of low-income tenants.

While the charity broadly welcomed the plans, it also argued the latest developments has also made the responsibilities of landlords unclear when it comes to ensuring properties are fitted with high-quality home insulation.

NEA’s comments come after the government made changes to the current Green Deal cash back scheme in March.

The charity went on to call for further intervention in the private housing sector, claiming officials have delayed the publication of the government’s energy efficiency regulations and wider plans to tackle fuel poverty across England as a whole.

“Time is ticking for the government to clarify … issues and provide a clear objective for the pace and required scale of investment needed to address the worst of our existing housing stock,” NEA explained.

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