Time to reconsider UK energy and fuel poverty policies?

Document type
Paper
Author(s)
Stockton, Helen; Campbell, Ron
Publisher
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
1 October 2011
Subject(s)
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The Climate Change Act 2008 committed the UK to ambitious and legally binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets over the next 40 years. While moving to a low carbon society will have obvious environmental benefits, concerns remain over whether it can co-exist with a socially just approach that seeks to protect low-income consumers from higher energy bills. More consideration of the possible consequences of unbalanced social and environmental objectives is now required.

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