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.
- Change the world? No, just redefine it…. (politicalpolesapart.wordpress.com)
- Coalition accused of redefining fuel poverty to cut numbers (newstatesman.com)
- Ministers Accused Of Reducing Fuel Poverty By Changing The Definition (alternativenewsalert.com)
- 800000 people ‘lifted’ out of fuel poverty – by redefining it – The Independent (independent.co.uk)
- Government accused of ‘shifting the goalposts’ to bring down fuel poverty: More than 800,000 people will be ‘lifted out’ overnight (dailymail.co.uk)