Government accused of being underprepared for energy efficiency

The government has been warned that its plans to cut fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency were underfunded, untargeted and underprepared in a report from Consumer Focus. The group says the government needs to spend £3 billion a year for seven years to meet its target of ending fuel poverty in 2016, and faced a total bill of £200 billion to improve energy efficiency. The report warns that if consumers bear the brunt of funding through increased energy bills, 1.7 million more households could be plunged into fuel poverty.