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Fuel poverty – RLA Wales addresses Senedd

A more holistic approach is needed in order to tackle the issue of fuel poverty in Wales’ private rented sector, says the RLA.

The association’s policy officer in Wales Tim Thomas addressed the National Assembly for Wales’ Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry into fuel poverty on Wednesday, calling on a more holistic approach, saying that properties tackled by the current strategy have so far only been in some of Wales’ most deprived areas.

He said that there will be many fuel-poor occupiers in homes in more affluent areas as well.

Tim was giving evidence alongside Matthew Kennedy, policy and public affairs manager at the Chartered Institute of Housing, and Bethan Proctor, policy and external affairs manager at Community Housing Cymru.


Responding the a question during the evidence session by the panel about what landlords are already doing around fuel poverty, Tim listed landlords are already carrying out works including external wall installations and loft installations.

However, he also told the committee that unlike the social sector private landlords are in a “difficult” position to know whether their tenants are suffering from fuel poverty, as finding out can often involve landlords asking intrusive questions of their tenants.

Despite this, he added that there are support services that landlords can signpost their tenants to, and many are already educating their tenants on simple steps they can take to improve energy efficiency including draft exclusion and closing windows.

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