'The worst way to cut energy bills': Campaigners slam reports government is considering cutting energy efficiency levy

The government is reportedly considering cutting funding for its flagship energy efficiency scheme, as the Treasury reviews a range of options for easing pressure on domestic energy bills ahead of an anticipated surge in energy costs this spring.

The Times reported this morning that the Treasury is reviewing the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, which imposes a £1bn a year levy on energy bills to help fund energy efficiency upgrades for around 200,000 households a year.

The review provides echoes of former Prime Minister David Cameron’s alleged 2013 instruction to ‘get rid of the green crap’, which saw energy efficiency schemes slashed in response to the last time rising energy bills were dominating the headlines.

However, the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is said to be resisting the idea that the ECO levy could be axed or reduced arguing it would undermine long term efforts to enhance

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