From The BBC:
Mervyn Kohler, Age Concern and Help the Aged: “It is absolutely scandalous”
A scheme aimed at improving households’ fuel efficiency and cutting fuel poverty is “failing the poorest and most vulnerable”, MPs have said.Nearly a fifth of the funding for the multi-million pound Warm Front scheme was going to households that were already energy efficient. And £15m was spent on measures that did little to pull households out of fuel poverty, the committee of MPs said. The government is aiming to end fuel poverty in England by 2016. ‘Focus’More than four million UK households are estimated to be in fuel poverty – defined as a household that spends more than 10% of its income on energy bills.
But the Public Accounts Committee report concludes that only a third of the genuinely fuel-poor qualified for help under the Warm Front scheme. This was partly because they needed to claim all benefits to be eligible for the Warm Front…