No-one can accuse the current government of rushing into publishing a new strategy on fuel poverty. There has been an extensive review of the issue by Professor Sir John Hills published in March 2012, followed more than a year later by DECC’s new ‘framework for future action’ redefining the problem, and then earlier this month the new strategy was issued for consultation. It is clear that ministers and officials wanted to mark a decisive break with the previous strategy – where the ambition to end fuel poverty was poorly matched by execution. But it has also sought to learn from over a decade of implementation. In our report, Doing Them Justice, we summarise eleven lessons for effective implementation from our case studies. It is very early days, but compared to the 2001 Fuel Poverty Strategy, DECC’s new approach to fuel poverty looks more promising against a number of these lessons. Be clear about the problem and outcomes that matter most Following the comprehensive Hills Review, DECC is clear that fuel poverty is an ‘additional problem faced by some low income households in having the highest energy costs’. This is likely to provide a more stable measure than the previous definition […]

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