The Warm Front programme was introduced in 2000 as the central plank in the UK Government’s policy to tackle fuel poverty through practical measures to increase energy efficiency in domestic housing. However, rural and urban homes may present different challenges for such schemes owing to dissimilarities in property type, household demographics and access to energy supplies. Earlier research suggested rural households in income poverty were more likely to be in fuel poverty than their urban counterparts (Palmer et al., 2008) and spent more on every type of fuel (Commission for Rural Communities, 2005), yet their take-up of Warm Front was much lower. A detailed investigation would enable more informed policy.
Key research Question
The study aimed to identify a viable methodology for calculating and classifying rural fuel poverty and, by using such an approach, to map the prevalence of fuel poverty, its characteristics and any dissimilarities from urban fuel poverty as a route to developing an enhanced understanding of the issues.
Summary of activity
Statistical analysis of a number of small-area datasets, including levels of gas connectivity and the distribution of Warm Front Grants, geographically mapped onto Census Output Areas using GIS.