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Government faces fuel poverty threat

The Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) has threatened to sue the Government for breaking its own law on tackling fuel poverty. Ian Manders, deputy director of ACE, (pictured) told H&V News that Whitehall had a target to abolish fuel poverty by 2010, but soaring fuel prices had forced the number of people in fuel poverty to rise. He warned: “The Government’s main way of tackling fuel poverty is the Warm Front programme and there are rumours that funding for this is going to be cut in the next spending review in the autumn. If they do that they are clearly not attempting to fulfil their statutory duty which is to abolish fuel poverty.” As a result, he said, ACE had taken legal opinion and “warns the Government that if they pursue their action of cutting the Warm Front budget they will be breaching their statutory obligations and therefore be liable for judicial review”. Mr Manders said his Association was threatening the Government before it made an official announcement so that it would have time to calculate the consequences of its actions.