Fuel Poverty: a Matter of Household Resources or a Matter of Dwelling Efficiency?

  • Republic of Ireland

16th June 2015, ESRI

Dorothy Watson and Bertrand Maître

The concept of fuel poverty refers to the inability to afford adequate heat (and other energy services) in the home.
There is increasing concern with fuel poverty, because of rising energy prices in recent years and because the recession has left many struggling to heat their homes. This raises the issue of whether fuel poverty is a genuinely distinct form of poverty which might require specific policy responses. This study from the Economic and Social Research Institute looked at the evidence. Read the brief here.