A new group tasked with looking at how to ensure the poorest and most vulnerable in society can access the benefits of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) met for the first time in London today.

The “Green Deal Hard to Reach Households Panel” is chaired by South Thanet MP Laura Sandys and includes membership drawn from a number of organisations that represent or work closely with these groups, including Age UK, Citizens Advice, Local Authorities and Which?

The panel will provide recommendations to DECC Ministers including an overview of the main barriers to the take-up of the Green Deal and ECO for this group. It will consider the most effective and efficient means to help overcome these barriers, helping to raise awareness and drive uptake.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:

“I want to ensure everyone is able to reap the benefits that the Green Deal has to offer. This means getting the message out right across the country, including to the most vulnerable households. I am delighted that Laura Sandys MP has agreed to chair this new group and I look forward to receiving their recommendations.”