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Time to rethink UK energy and fuel poverty policy?


While the transition to a low carbon society will have obvious environmental benefits, concerns remain over whether it can co-exist with a socially just approach that seeks to protect low-income consumers from higher energy bills. Contributing to the debate, this paper (1) sets out the key energy policies aimed at carbon reduction and fuel poverty that have direct cost implications for consumers; (2) explains the nature of an energy-saving programme which is targeted at households in fuel poverty; (3) discusses the potential conflicts that must be averted to ensure a socially just transition to a low carbon society.