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A household is in fuel poverty if it has to spend 10% or more of its income to adequately heat the home.

There are three contributing factors to fuel poverty:

  1. Cost of energy
  2. Energy efficiency of the home
  3. Household income

Housing associations and co-operatives have invested significantly in their homes, and have some of the most energy efficient homes by tenure.

However, as social sector tenants tend to be on low incomes, fuel poverty remains a substantial problem for our tenants.

The SFHA supports ​members to help their customers with fuel poverty through a number of guides on funding for energy efficiency and renewables.

The SFHA leads ​the sector by funding a number of members' energy projects through the Energy Ideas Fund.


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Policy Lead
Cassandra Dove

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