Fuel poverty gap is rising
- Published on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 14:42
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Thousands of people die each year from illnesses linked to fuel poverty, according to an independent report.Professor John Hills has called for a new definition of the problem, which focuses on people with low incomes driven into poverty by high fuel bills
His report found that in 2004, fuel-poor households faced a shortfall of £256 to heat their homes and avoid poverty, but in 2009 it was £402.The government commissioned Prof Hills to examine how serious a problem fuel poverty is and how it should be measured.
He argues that fuel poverty poses serious public health and environmental issues.His report is the first to measure the shortfall that some households face in heating their homes, which he calls the fuel poverty gap.Further increases in bills since then are likely to have widened this gap, he warned.