Fuel poverty

  • District heating can help deliver on social housing energy efficiency pledges

    12 May 2020

    Dr Tanja Groth discusses why district heating should form a key part of the Government’s post-coronavirus green agenda.


  • Building Community Power in Bristol

    03 February 2020

    Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees outlines why the city has joined the Keep it Local network – a new coalition of councils who are seeking to harness the power of community.


  • Fuelling the future

    14 August 2019

    Hiba Mahamadi looks at how the two councils who have stepped in to the energy market have fared so far and at whether the future lies in striking up white label partnerships.


  • White van man on... UN intervention

    21 November 2018

    What have our food banks got to do with the United Nations? Hasn’t it got better things to do? I thought it was set up to stop wars, not poke its nose into our business. It’s up to us, led by our own useless politicians, rather than be told what to do by a load of even more useless, overpaid foreigners whom we never voted for and never hear from one year to the next. I mean, what does the UN know about poverty when most of them are paid fat salaries and pensions with[..]


  • Council launches energy company

    27 April 2017

    Liverpool City Council has launched a not-for-profit energy company to tackle fuel poverty.


  • Retiring into poverty?

    11 August 2016

    Janet Morrison says a report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation provides insight into the impact of the 1.6m pensioners living in poverty.


  • Industrial strategy will help local government

    02 August 2016

    A pair of very contrasting reports have been published on the cost of poverty to local government. Michael Burton examines the results and considers the impact of Theresa May's stance on industrial policy


  • Call for councils to take on ‘Big Six’ energy purchasers

    13 July 2016

    Every council in England could soon enter the energy business and take on the ‘Big Six,’ according to Grant Thornton.


  • The devil’s in the detail on reducing inequalities

    13 January 2016

    David Cameron's efforts to tackle inequality might be admirable but fail to consider the crucial role of local authorities. Michael Burton reports


  • An alternative to the big six

    22 July 2015

    With the average UK household currently spending around £1,200 on energy each year, energy prices have turned up the heat on politicians, writes Paul O'Brien.


  • LGA: one in six councils to axe crisis loans

    06 October 2014

    Government welfare cuts will force three in four local authorities to scrap or cut back on emergency financial support to crisis-ridden residents from next April, the Local Government Association has claimed.


  • Tackling fuel poverty

    05 September 2014

    David Kemp analyses the Government's chances of hitting targets of the 'Cutting the cost of keeping warm' programme.