Affordable warmth is the key to ending fuel poverty. A household is considered to be suffering from fuel poverty if it can't afford to keep adequately warm at reasonable cost. Fuel poverty is defined as a household that needs to spend more than 10% of its income on fuel to heat its home to an adequate standard of warmth.
Vulnerable households at risk of fuel poverty may include:
- Older people
- Physically or mentally disabled people
- Blind, partially sighted or deaf people
- People with chronic illness
- Lone parents with young children
- Long term unemployed or people who live on a low income
The 4 main aims of the affordable warmth strategy
- Raise awareness of fuel poverty across the borough.
- Ensure adequate provision of advice to all residents in the borough.
- Ensure all housing in the borough is capable of providing affordable warmth.
- Improve and/or develop community involvement and partnership working.