The phrase ‘fuel poverty’ has a long accepted definition in terms of the ability to achieve adequate energy services in the home at an affordable cost. This labels a household as ‘fuel poor’ if it needs 10% or more of its income to be spent on all household fuel use to main adequate temperatures. However it is also a term used more loosely to describe a situation where households cannot afford to keep their homes adequately warm.
In the thesis I will problematise 'fuel poverty' through its representations in:
This addresses the problem of existing disparate understandings of what it means to live with fuel poverty, examining the connections and disconnections between policy and action at various scales.