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A household is in fuel poverty if they spend 10% or more of their income on energy costs, including Housing Benefit, Income Support or Mortgage Interest or council tax benefits.
They are in severe fuel poverty if they have to spend 20% or more.
Who is in fuel poverty?
People who find it difficult to keep their homes warm usually have low incomes. They are often the most vulnerable people in our communities.
How do you deal with fuel poverty?
Installing home energy efficiency improvements can make a big difference to energy bills.
What is being done?
We are helping low income and vulnerable households to reduce their energy bills and heat their homes more affordably through our Nest scheme.
We are investing up to £100 million in this scheme over the 5 years that the contract runs. This will improve the energy efficiency of privately owned and privately rented properties. Nest is expected to provide advice and support to up to 15,000 householders in Wales each year. It will help people to reduce their fuel bills.
Each year around 4,000 eligible households will receive a home energy improvement package. The package could include:
- loft or cavity wall insulation
- solid wall insulation
- new boiler
- central heating
- renewable technologies
Nest is complemented by our area-based scheme, arbed. Both schemes enable us to support households in fuel poverty. Nest provides support for households whereas arbed helps to provide targeted improvements for communities in the most deprived area in Wales .
We are also encouraging energy efficiency improvements in social housing through the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS).