More than a million working households are in fuel poverty
According to a study by Policy Exchange, more than a million households cannot afford to heat their homes sufficiently even though a household member is in work, due to rising energy bills and inefficient housing.
The study found that fuel poverty has been made worse by rising energy bills and, despite improvements, the housing stock is still highly inefficient . Households in the least energy-efficient properties would have to spend an extra £1,700 a year to heat their homes to a comfortable level.
Policy Exchange said the problem was most severe in older detached homes, which are off the national grid and tend to be in rural areas. They claim the government was spending less than half of what was required to make the affected homes energy efficient.
Author of the report, Richard Howard said: “Improving energy efficiency is clearly the most cost-effective way to tackle the problem. Therefore we recommend the government refocuses its energy efficiency and fuel poverty spending on improving the nation’s inefficient housing stock, and recognises energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority.”
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