A social policy report presenting research and evidence on Fuel Poverty in Northern Ireland, by Adam Tinson, Citizens Advice Bureau.  This report seeks to make a contribution to the formulation of policy on fuel poverty in Northern Ireland by drawing on a significant body of evidence from Citizens Advice.

Fuel poverty is defined as occurring when 10% of a household’s income is insufficient to afford their energy needs.  Consideration of fuel poverty is all the more important in the context of a sluggish economic recovery and a fiscal consolidation which disproportionately affects Northern Ireland, making it more difficult for people to afford to heat their homes[1].

[1] The Impact of Tax and Benefit Reforms to be Introduced between 2010-11 and 2014‐15 in Northern Ireland, Institute for Fiscal Studies, James Browne, 2010.