The Welsh Assembly Government’s new and improved scheme has been designed specifically to target households that are vulnerable to fuel poverty and will offer an enhanced range of advice and support.
The scheme is part of the action the Assembly Government is taking, as far as is reasonably practicable, to eradicate fuel poverty in all households in Wales by 2018.
Speaking about the contract, the Minister said:
“One of the key ways that we can address fuel poverty is by making Welsh homes as energy efficient as possible.
“Our new scheme makes sure that help to tackle fuel poverty is made available to those householders that need it most, and I hope it will make a real difference people across Wales who are more vulnerable to fuel poverty.
"Making homes more energy efficient is just one of three factors that contributes to fuel poverty. The Assembly Government cannot control people’s income levels or global fuel prices, but we must aim to do all we can, as far as is reasonable and practicable, to end fuel poverty.
“British Gas showed themselves to be more than up to the challenge of helping us deliver this new programme in their tender and I congratulate them on their success. “
Betsy Bassis, Managing Director of British Gas Community Energy said:
“British Gas is delighted to have been selected to deliver the New Fuel Poverty Scheme for Wales after a rigorous tender period. We will be working with the Energy Savings Trust Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government to provide advice and practical measures to those who need it most.
“We will help the Assembly Government meet their target of eradicating fuel poverty in Wales by 2018, and build on the achievements delivered under the previous HEES programme, by making Welsh homes more energy efficient, providing lower fuel cost, and ensuring households receive the best possible advice on how to maximise their incomes.
“We will also be maximising the sustainable economic impact the New Fuel Poverty scheme has on communities in Wales by placing a heavy emphasis on long term local employment, training and partnerships to deliver new technologies.”
British Gas has been selected to manage the contract for the new Fuel Poverty scheme following an extensive procurement exercise. The contract is in the process of being finalised.
In order to ensure a smooth transition to the new Fuel Poverty programme, HEES (the Home Energy Efficiency Service) will not be taking any new applications for the repair or replacement of heating systems after the 18th February.
People wishing to make an application to HEES for replacement or repairs to their heating systems should therefore do so as quickly as possible. Applications received after that date will be referred to the new scheme.