This Debate Pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on Fuel Poverty to be held on Wednesday 3 February 2016 at 09:30 in Westminster Hall. The Member in charge of the debate is Derek Thomas MPJump to full report >>
Fuel poverty in England is measured by the Low Income High Costs definition, which considers a household to be in fuel poverty if:
Previously the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy published in November 2001 had recommended that the numbers of households suffering fuel poverty in England should be displayed using two main definitions. These are as follows:
It is possible to compare the extent of fuel poverty across the UK if the 10% definition is applied to England as well as the devolved administrations.
Using this definition it is estimated that there were around 4.5 million fuel-poor households in the UK, representing 17% of all households.
A range of measures are currently available to help alleviate fuel poverty. Targeted support includes direct financial assistance for paying bills (eg the Warm Home Discount and Winter Fuel Payment) and energy saving measures (eg Energy Company Obligation ECO) to help reduce costs. They are covered in the Library Note, Help with energy bills. The Government has withdrawn funding from the Green Deal Scheme which was the main, though much criticised, policy for promoting energy efficiency in the home. The Government has also indicated that changes will be made to the Energy Company Obligation so that it its help is “concentrated on those in greatest need” from 2017. The Autumn Statement 2015 announced the Warm Home Discount scheme will be extended to 2020-2021
Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0029
Authors: David Hough; Edward White; Cassie Barton