Caroline Flint has been appointed as Chair of the Committee on Fuel Poverty, taking on the role for three years.

The CFP advises on the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing fuel poverty and encourages greater co-ordination across the organisations working to reduce fuel poverty.

Flint was housing minister in 2008 for eight months under Gordon Brown. She’s also been shadow secretary of state for DCLG (as it was then known).

In the Committee’s last annual report, it called for the need to:

  • approve long term funding for government’s proposed energy efficiency programmes and focus them on the fuel poor
  • develop and implement additional programmes to meet the 2025 Band D milestone
  • ensure a fair transition to net zero for households who are vulnerable and in fuel poverty
  • ensure that low income households are protected against the impact of unaffordable increases in energy costs