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Defining Fuel Poverty in Northern Ireland: A preliminary review

Liddell, C, Morris, C, McKenzie, Paul and Rae, Gordon (2011) Defining Fuel Poverty in Northern Ireland: A preliminary review. DSDNI. 164 pp. [Research report (external)]

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This Preliminary Review Defining Fuel Poverty in Northern Ireland, was commissioned by the Department For Social Development Northern Ireland in August 2010. It comprises the first of three independent Reviews of Fuel Poverty being carried out in different parts of the UK. The Review argues that, whilst the links between the Definition of Fuel Poverty and the 2001 Fuel Poverty Strategy remain strong, links between Definition/Strategy on one side and Policies/Implementation on the other are extremely weak. This has rendered the system as a whole inherently unstable and is largely responsible for a variety of recent disappointments such as missed targets and misdirected resources. Whilst escalating energy prices have ultimately caused the Strategy to unravel, the loose association between Strategy and Implementation exposed an already weakened system to a formidable stressor.The Review makes clear that fuel poverty is a multi-dimensional concept with several different causes, and many different impacts. A variety of indicators are, therefore, needed to do it justice, and the Review recommends the introduction of an additional indicator specific to Northern Ireland. This is because issues surrounding the 10% needs to spend threshold are acutely problematic for Northern Ireland. Through combining: • a local threshold • a severity index and • an affordability indexit will be possible to set goals and monitor progress on tackling fuel poverty more precisely, whilst maintaining a close watch on energy prices and issues related to Northern Ireland’s reliance on oil for heating. The Preliminary Review ends with a list of References and Summary Tables of Recommendations.

Item Type:Research report (external)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute
Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Human Environments
Psychology Research Institute > Population Health Sciences and Mental Health Services
Psychology Research Institute > Peace, Conflict and Equality
ID Code:19994
Deposited By: Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:12 Sep 2011 08:17
Last Modified:05 Oct 2017 09:20

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