Speaking at St David’s Shopping Centre, in Cardiff, the Minister said:
“With increasing energy prices it is vital that people get all the help they can on how they can spend less on heating their home and access the support available to them if they are struggling to pay their bills. Working together across the public and private sectors is essential if we are to make real improvements to the lives of people in Wales.
“Providing advice to households on how to reduce their energy use, improve the energy efficiency of their home and maximise their income is key to helping people out of fuel poverty, and to reducing the risk of them becoming fuel poor in the future if energy prices continue to rise.”
The Welsh Government’s fuel poverty programme Nest started in April last year and since then has helped over 9,000 households with a mixture of advice and support.
Nest offers householders access to benefit entitlement checks and debt management advice as well as advice on reducing energy use, getting the best energy tariff and improving the energy efficiency of their home.
The Government is also developing Phase 2 of its strategic energy efficiency scheme, Arbed. This takes an area-based approach to driving up the energy performance of homes in some of the most deprived areas in Wales and has seen an investment of £60 million pounds in Welsh homes.
Delivering the Nest programme and phase 2 of Arbed are key actions in the Programme for Government.