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Fuel Poverty and Cold Home-related Health Problems


UCL Institute of Health Equity

Subject Keywords: The health impacts of fuel poverty and cold homes
Set: Fuel Poverty
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: United Kingdom

Evidence Review 7 - Tackling fuel poverty and cold home-related health problems

Briefing 7 - Fuel poverty and cold home-related health problems

This pair of documents, commissioned by Public Health England (PHE), and written by the UCL Institute of Health Equity, address the health impacts of fuel poverty and cold homes.

These documents provide an overview of fuel poverty, describing the evidence linking fuel poverty, cold homes, and poor health outcomes. They examine the scale of the problem across England and trends over time. Evidence shows that living in cold homes is associated with poor health outcomes and an increased risk of morbidity and mortality for all age groups.

The documents also provide a brief overview of national policy and sets out the role of local authorities and potential interventions at local level. Fuel poverty is not just about poverty, but also about the quality of England’s housing stock and energy efficiency. The review discusses some of the interventions that have been implemented at the local level to help people on low incomes during cold weather and to address cold home-related health problems.

The full evidence review and a shorter summary briefing are available to download above.

This document is part of a series. An overview document which provides an introduction to this and other documents in the series, and links to the other topic areas, is available on the ‘Local Action on health inequalities’ project page. A video of Michael Marmot introducing the work is also available on our videos page.




Rights: © PHE
Suggested citation:

UCL Institute of Health Equity. (2014) Fuel Poverty and Cold Home-related Health Problems [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 22nd May 2018].


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