Fuel Poverty: The problem and its measurement

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Fuel Poverty: The problem and its measurement - Interim Report of the Fuel Poverty Review


This report, commissioned by the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), contains interim findings and issues for consultation, based on the review of fuel poverty in the UK and its measurement. The remit of the review is for England, although its conclusions may also be of interest to the delegated administrations, and possibly to a larger extent. This interim report investigates issues around whether ‘fuel poverty’ constitutes a distinct problem, and the implications of the problems identified for its measurement.


In essence, the present approach describes a household as being in fuel poverty “if it would need to spend more than 10 per cent of its income to achieve an ‘adequate’ level of warmth through the year and on other energy costs”.


The interim results focus on: the history of fuel poverty; the causes and impacts of fuel poverty; perspectives on fuel poverty and why measurement matters; the current fuel poverty indicator and the alternative options for measuring fuel poverty.


To download and read the full report, please visit the webpage at the link provided below.