This paper is a policy briefing commissioned by Save the Children, written by Christine Liddell, Professor of Psychology, University of Ulster.

Save the Children’s, Impact of Fuel Poverty on Children, is the first report to focus on fuel poverty and its effects on children, young people, and their families.

It documents the prevalence of fuel poverty in households that contain children, illustrates how patterns have changed over time, and compares data for Northern Ireland with comparable data from neighbouring regions.

Drawing on new research evidence, it documents the effects that fuel poverty has on infants, children, and young people. It provides information on the public health costs associated with fuel poverty among the young, and the benefits that are likely to accrue from ensuring that children are placed centrestage in the fuel poverty strategies of the future.