21 Sep 2009 03:09:10
Fuel poverty scheme helps millions
People living in two million homes in the UK have been helped by a government scheme to reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty.
The Warm Front initiative began in 2000 and has invested more than £2.2 billion into heating homes in England while helping the environment.
In the last financial year, £397 million was spent providing help to people in 233,000 houses.
David Kidney, energy and climate change minister, said that improving the energy efficiency of fuel can have economic as well as environmental benefits.
He commented: "With the rise in fuel costs and the increased need for us all to save energy, the work the Warm Front scheme is doing has never been more important.
"We recognise this, which is why we put more money into the scheme and increased the grant levels so people in the hardest to heat properties can benefit and play their part in fighting climate change."
The Department of Energy and Climate Change is committed to reducing its own carbon footprint by ten percent by March 2010, through taking measures such as introducing low carbon lights.http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn103/pn103.as...