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Measuring fuel poverty
BRE is an independent, research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, operating in the built environment and associated industries.
On 3 June 2016, BRE published Measuring Fuel Poverty, written by Claire Summers, Jack Hulme and Busola Siyanbola.
BRE has been measuring fuel poverty on behalf of the UK government since the 1990s. The new publication describes the origins and development of the fuel poverty concept, its measurement in the UK, and how it is used to help target those households most at risk of being unable to heat their homes.
The concept considers that households in fuel poverty may be placing themselves at risk by not heating their homes to sufficiently to prevent ill health. To assist these households, it is first necessary to identify them.
- The 10% definition identifies fuel-poor households as those that would be required to spend more than 10% of their household income on fuel in order to meet a specified heating regime.
- The Hills LIHC definition identifies fuel-poor households as those with an income below the official poverty line coupled with higher-than-average fuel costs.
At present the Hills LIHC definition is used to measure fuel poverty in England, whilst the 10% definition is used in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The publication explains the development and definitions of fuel poverty, and summarises fuel poverty trends over time. It considers who the fuel poor are, and looks at the reasons for changing levels of fuel poverty. It is intended to provide background to the concept for housing associations and housing providers, energy suppliers, policy makers, energy consultants and academics.
Its contents are:
- Fuel poverty methodology
- Fuel poverty trends
- Fuel poverty at a local level
- Conclusions and the future of fuel poverty development
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