17 Mar 2009 03:03:22
Fuel poverty plans in Wales
New plans to tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions have been announced in Wales.
Environment minister Jane Davidson has revealed a scheme to provide support for those living in fuel poverty, which will run alongside the Welsh Assembly's ongoing commitment to improve energy efficiency across the board.
Designed to help low-income households save energy, the new plan will see changes made to the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme.
Ms Davidson explained that greater support will be given to residents receiving means-tested benefits.
"This scheme was set up at a time when incomes were stable and rising while energy prices were falling," she explained. "Now we have the reverse."
Other proposals include cutting public investment in high-carbon home heating systems and providing guidance on energy efficiency for small businesses.
"As a government we have made a commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in devolved areas by three percent a year from 2011. Saving energy will help us achieve this. Importantly it also means saving money," Ms Davidson explained.http://wales.gov.uk/news/latest/090316fuelpoverty/?lang=e...