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Fuel poverty rises to 4m from 1.2m 15 March 2012

The number of English households classified as being in ‘fuel poverty’ has risen from 1.2m in 2004 to 4m, according to the latest government figures.

Research started in March last year by London School of Economics professor John Hills, looked at the definition of fuel poverty, targets, and the effectiveness of different policy interventions.

Energy secretary Edward Davey, said fuel poverty remains a serious national problem and noted that the government remained committed to doing all it can to tackle it.

He added: “We were right to commission this independent review because we want to make our policies as effective as possible and improving fuel poverty measurement is a key part of this.

“I am grateful to professor Hills and his team for the quality of their work, we will now study the report in detail ahead of consulting on an alternative definition for fuel poverty in the summer.”

The government currently has several schemes underway to tackle fuel poverty.

Assistance with heating and insulation measures is currently provided through its policies like “Warm Front” and the “Carbon Emissions Reduction Target” helping keep homes warmer and cosier through the year.

In the future the Green Deal Energy Company Obligation will be one of the key policies in this area.

 

 

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