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Fuel poverty

Fuel poverty exists when a household can not afford to heat their home to an adequate level. Households are often forced to choose between heating and other essentials such as food. Those working locally to improve public health and housing can take various steps to mitigate fuel poverty and its health effects in their local area.

Fuel Poverty & Health Toolkit

Fuel Poverty: Improving health and wellbeing through action on affordable warmth

A guide for public health professionals, health and wellbeing boards and local authorities in England.

The guide is intended to be a tool for directors of public health and their teams, health and wellbeing boards, and colleagues across local authorities who want to start, extend or improve their work on fuel poverty.

Download the full guide

Download the executive summary

Download the guide for primary care

*All documents updated January 2015


Case Studies

Explore the Healthy Places case study directory to learn about what communities are already doing to alleviate fuel poverty.

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Further Resources

Links to resources impacting some of the wider determinants of cold homes and poor health. Including vulnerable populations, energy efficiency, home improvement, energy savings and income maximisation support.

UK Government: Keep warm and well (2015)

DIAL network for local disability information and advice

Macmillan Cancer Support’s resource for ways to keep warm without the worry

Home improvement agencies  

Energy Best Deal

Big Savings Energy Network 

Energy Saving Advice Service

Smart meters is a programme to install gas and electricity meters that provide near real-time information on energy use in households and small businesses.

Smarter Heating Controls Research Programme

For free and impartial advice on how to save energy in your home - Energy Savings Trust & local energy advice centres.

NEA Age Action Alliance


Distribution Network Operators


NOTE: Fuel poverty is a different type of key issue for Healthy Places. There are currently no regulatory options linked to this topic. This page hosts and interactive toolkit with downloadable key documents, and monitored and updated resources and signposts.

PLEASE NOTE: Whilst reasonable care is taken in the preparation of information on the site, it should not be relied upon as being up to date as law & policy is constantly changing. We do not up date our pages unless we have specific new information to add to the site. The information provided by Healthy Places may not be applicable to all parts of the UK and will not be relevant or appropriate to all local circumstances.