Thursday, April 10, 2008
Two British charities, Friends of the Earth and Help the Aged, are asking for judicial review of the British government's fuel poverty policy. The charities are asking the government to set out its plans to meet its legal responsibility to eradicate fuel poverty. The government had responded to concerns about households that had to spend more than 10% of their income on heating and lighting. The government set two targets, one to erase fuel poverty for the most vulnerable households by 2010 and the other to address fuel poverty in all households by 2016. The two charities are asking the government to impose a minimum standard of energy efficiency for households facing fuel poverty.