Are you still fuel poor?

A classic bit of shaping reality today from the UK government.  The Guardian headline says it all:

Government accused of redefining fuel poverty to bring down figures

The previous definition was: those households that spend more than 10% of their income on fuel “to maintain an adequate level of warmth”

The new definition is: those households that have “above average fuel costs” that would leave them with “a residual income below the official poverty line”

It seems this simple redefinition will reduce the number of fuel poor that the government has to worry about from 3.2 million to 2.4 million.

Not a bad day’s work.

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