Welfare reform, disabled people and fuel poverty

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There is limited evidence that explicitly considers the relationship between fuel poverty and disabled people. Additionally, within English policy, disabled people are treated as a single group with homogenous needs, despite both highly varied needs and eligibility for fuel poverty or welfare support. Given this gap in knowledge the paper investigates the relationship between fuel poverty and disabled people in the context of policy change. The paper reports research on: the extent of fuel poverty among households containing disabled people; the relationship between tenure, disability and fuel poverty; and the relationship between fuel poverty policy support and disabled people.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-244
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Poverty and Social Justice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015


  • Austerity, Disability, Energy, Fuel poverty, Welfare reform