Fuel poverty

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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on fuel poverty. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Constituency Statistics
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on constituency level statistics.
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Energy
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on energy in the UK.
24.06.2016Energy Policy Overview
This note provides an overview of the current Government's energy policy.
05.05.2016The Warm Home Discount Scheme
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Warm Home Discount scheme (WHD). The scheme started on 1 April 2011 and was originally programmed to end on 31 March 2015. Since then it has been extended twice first until 2015/16 and most recently until 2020/21.
24.03.2016Winter Fuel Payments update
The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax-free annual payment to help older people meet the cost of their winter fuel bills. The 'standard' rates are 200 per eligible household where the oldest person is under 80, and 300 for households containing a person aged 80 or over.
18.02.2016Fuel Poverty
This briefing paper provides an overview of how fuel poverty is defined and measured and current policy initiatives designed to counter it.
01.02.2016Help with energy bills
This Commons Library Briefing paper sets out sources of financial and practical help for constituents with domestic energy bills. It links to sources for more information. It also outlines policy developments in this area.
05.01.2016Competition in energy markets in Great Britain
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the history of political and regulatory intervention designed to increase the competiveness of domestic energy markets in Great Britain. The Paper sets out the timetable for the Energy Market Investigation and summarises the provisional findings that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published. The paper also summarises the main actions that Ofgem has undertaken in the past to tackle the level and complexity of tariffs.
14.12.2015ECO, the Energy Company Obligation
This Commons Briefing paper sets out the details of the Government's Energy Company Obligation scheme that provides funding for energy efficiency measures for difficult to treat homes and the homes of 'those most in need.'
11.09.2014Smart meters
Between now and 2020 more than 50 million new 'smart meters' will be rolled out to 30 million homes and smaller businesses in Britain. These are intended to allow consumers to see and adjust in real time what energy they are using. The Public Accounts Committee considers the challenges associated with roll-out 'huge'.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
07.09.2015Trends in Energy
Providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is a key issue in UK policy. Energy policy can be informed by current energy sector trends and projections into the future. This briefing outlines key trends in energy, the factors driving these changes and future projections. It also highlights the implications and challenges of these trends.
30.03.2015Measuring Living Standards
This POSTnote outlines different approaches to setting and measuring thresholds and their strengths and limitations. It also summarises research on recent trends in living standards and the key factors that influence them.
25.05.2012Assessing Energy Efficiency
This POSTnote examines definitions of energy efficiency, looks at methods to measure and verify achieved energy savings and summarises UK and EU polices to promote energy efficiency.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
24.03.2010Fuel Poverty.
Energy and Climate Change Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
27.04.2011PRICE OF SOLID FUEL
That this House notes many people struggled with their fuel bills this winter; further notes that the cost of solid fuel is often overlooked; and calls on the Government to create a ...
15.03.2011FUEL PRICES AND DUTY
That this House recognises that people and businesses are being hit hard by high and rising fuel prices; notes that uncertain world events, speculation and recent value added tax changes ...
26.01.2011UTILITY CHARGES AND VULNERABLE GROUPS
That this House calls on utility providers such as BT and electricity companies to re-assess decisions taken several years ago to impose additional charges on customers who choose not ...
13.12.2010NATIONAL ENERGY ACTION CAMPAIGN
That this House is aware that today in the UK five and a half million households are deemed to be living in fuel poverty, a situation made considerably worse by rising fuel prices; ...
07.09.2010ENERGY SECURITY AND GREEN ECONOMY BILL
That this House is aware that poorly insulated and heated homes make people ill, cost a lot to heat and contribute to climate change emissions; recognises that today in Britain over ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses