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Political Recognition

Fuel poverty is a recognized social problem that affects the poor, with its roots in the quality of the housing stock and cost of fuel. While this has been acknowledged by campaigners and academics since at least 1975, political acceptance has been slower. The following is not an extensive history, but includes some of the main events that occurred from 1991 (when my first book was published) to today’s context. Many of the reports cited have covered fuel poverty in the context of energy policy, presumably because of the name ‘fuel poverty’.