Policy paper: Sustainable warmth: protecting vulnerable households in England

Fuel poverty is the problem faced by households living on a low income in a home which cannot be kept warm at reasonable cost.

Sustainable Warmth, the updated Fuel Poverty Strategy for England, sets out how we will tackle fuel poverty, while at the same time decarbonising buildings, so that those in fuel poverty are not left behind on the move to net zero, and, where possible, can be some of the earliest to benefit.

The strategy announces the expansion of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) which will run from 2022 to 2026, with an increase in value from £640 million to £1 billion per year. ​​​​​​​The updated strategy additionally announces details of new funding of £150 million for the Home Upgrade Grant.

It builds on the 2015 fuel poverty strategy, and is supported by feedback from the 2019 consultation on a fuel poverty strategy for England.