Fuel Poverty

The (DECC) Department of Energy and Climate Change has asked Professor John Hills to head up a review to define and measure fuel poverty in order to help vulnerable consumers. Other areas which will be considered are income distribution and the welfare state, social security, housing and taxation.

Latest figures suggest that in 2010, four million households were in fuel poverty in England. A household is currently classed as being in fuel poverty if it needs to spend more than 10% of its income on fuel to keep their home warm enough.

Professor John Hills has said, “It is crucial that we measure the scale of the problem and trends in it accurately. I am looking forward to reviewing the evidence on the underlying issues that lead to fuel poverty and how well the current measure reflects the problems involved and the effectiveness of polices to counter it”.

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