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Fuel poverty is a major social problem, causing considerable hardship and negative health impacts, as well as impeding efforts to reduce carbon emissions, says a government commissioned report.

The Hills Fuel Poverty Review was carried out by Professor John Hills, a London School of Economics academic who was assigned last year by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to examine the issue of fuel poverty, which has been linked to 2,700 deaths a year.

Publishing the report on 15 March 2012, Professor Hills said, “It is clear to me that fuel poverty is a serious social problem {increasing hardship, contributing to winter deaths and other health problems} and I hope that the findings of the review are useful to Government and Stakeholders in making a difference to those affected by fuel poverty.”

The report indicates that more than 7 million people were affected in England in 2009, living in nearly 3 million homes and predicts a deteriorating, and therefore profoundly disappointing, situation by 2016.  “Effective action that makes a lasting difference will require participation at every level of Government, across the private sector and civil society”, says the report.

Furthermore, Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director General of Age UK accused the former Labour and the current Coalition governments of fighting a losing battle against fuel poverty, warning that the report shows the fuel poverty gap will rise by a further half to 1.7 billion by 2016.

The Harrow Council for Justice supports the report’s conclusion that the Government must decide how to respond to this daunting challenge. Within government, although DECC has the clearest interest in fuel poverty, tackling it cannot be the task of a single department. The problem is one affecting health, poverty, communities, and climate change. Tackling it successfully will require many parts of government to be involved.

In a follow up action, HCJ has written to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Edward Davey MP - click here to read the letter.

   

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