This research forms part of a programme of independent research commissioned by the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) to inform the policy development process and consequently the views expressed and conclusions drawn are those of the authors and not necessarily those of OFMDFM.

Following the publication of Northern Ireland’s first independent Review of Fuel Poverty (Liddell, Morris, Rae & McKenzie, 2011), the Department for Social Development (DSD) in Northern Ireland expressed an interest in exploring mechanisms for targeting Northern Ireland’s Fuel Poverty Strategy towards households most in need.  The University of Ulster responded to an Open Call for research proposals, published by OFMDFM Northern Ireland’s Research Branch under the Equality and Social Need Research Strategy.

The application was successful and funding was granted from the OFMDFM Research Budget, which enabled a targeting pilot to be launched. Funding commenced in early 2012, and this report comprises the final report on the project’s progress.