Fuel Poverty Reduction Programme

MHP aims to reduce fuel poverty across the district. 

The Partnership will actively promote and support measures to reduce fuel poverty, which currently stands at 22% of all households making the district one of the worst affected areas in the country. 

Principal causes include the large numbers of solid walled properties and the lack of a mains gas supply to around one third of all properties.

Fuel Poverty

Fuel poverty is defined as arising when households need to spend more than 10% of their income on maintaining a comfortable level of warmth in their house. 

Conventionally this is equivalent to a temperature of 21o C in main living areas.

The main factors causing fuel poverty are:

  1. The price of fuel (affected by the availability of choice of fuel)       
  2. The energy efficiency of the property (now rated via an Energy Performance Certificate rating)
  3. Low or fixed levels of income

The Partners have provided leadership in tackling the first two factors by:

  • Encouraging residents' participation in energy switching schemes        
  • Encouraging oil-buying groups as a means of getting a better deal on heating oil        
  • Establishing a fair and transparent deal for bulk LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) which ensures that residents do not pay more than they need to        
  • Delivering free loft and cavity wall insulation to over 500 homes        
  • Actively supporting Green Deal and ECO energy efficiency measures which became available from October 2013.