Reducing Fuel Poverty and Improving Winter Warmth
A fuel poverty household is defined as a ‘Low Income High Cost Indicator’, which means they are fuel poor if they have an income below the poverty line (including if meeting its required energy bill would push it below the poverty line) and have higher than typical energy costs.
The Government have recognised that fuel poverty can have a detrimental effect on health and that a home should be warm, comfortable and provide a healthy and welcoming environment that fosters wellbeing.25
In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly many have a combination of a low income and living in a home that cannot be heated at reasonable cost. Nearly half of our homes in Cornwall and all Isles of Scilly are off the mains gas network, which continues to be the cheapest energy source.
Reducing fuel poverty and improving winter warmth - find out why this issue is important for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and what is being done locally to address it.
This information has been taken from the Director of Public Health's Annual Report 2015/2016.
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