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Warm Homes: Tackling Fuel Poverty

Creator:

Comptroller and Auditor General, Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO)

Subject Keywords: Fuel poverty amongst vulnerable owner occupiers and private rented households
Topic: Fuel Poverty
Fuel Poverty
Chronic Conditions
Type: Report
Region: Northern Ireland
Description:

A household is in fuel poverty if, in order to maintain an acceptable level of temperature throughout the home, the occupants would have to spend more than 10 per cent of their income on all household fuel use. The three key factors in fuel poverty are household income, energy costs and the energy efficiency of the dwelling. The Department for Social Development (the Department) is committed to ending fuel poverty in Northern Ireland. Its document 'Ending Fuel Poverty: A Strategy for Northern Ireland', published in 2004, established targets of eliminating fuel poverty in vulnerable households (householders on specific benefits and have a disablility or are over 60 years old or have children) and in the social rental sector by 2010 and in non-vulnerable households by 2016. The Warm Homes Scheme is sponsored by the Department. It is a key element in addressing fuel poverty amongst vulnerable owner occupiers and private rented households. Established in July 2001, the Scheme's budget grew steadily, from £5 million in 2001-02 to £22million in 2007-08. A total of £109 million was spent on the scheme by 31 March 2008: £98 million from the Department and £11 million from Northern Ireland Electricity Energy Ltd (NIE), funded by the energy efficiency levy.

Date:

23/05/2008

Rights: © Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO)
Suggested citation:

Comptroller and Auditor General, Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO). (2008) Warm Homes: Tackling Fuel Poverty [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/3506 [Accessed: 25th March 2019].

  

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