Eliminating the poverty premium in energy


This report examines the ‘poverty premium’ in energy – a phenomenon where those living below the poverty line pay more when they buy their gas and electricity than higherincome households. We define the “poverty premium” in energy as: “the extra cost that households on low incomes incur when purchasing the same energy services as households on higher incomes”. The report draws on fieldwork with low-income consumers as well as analysis of the prevalence and costs of the premiums, and five policy events held across England and Scotland.

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