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Gaby Ramia, Kevin Farnsworth, and Zoe Irving

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312741

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312741.001.0001

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Reconciling fuel poverty and climate change policy under the Coalition government: Green Deal or no deal?

Reconciling fuel poverty and climate change policy under the Coalition government: Green Deal or no deal?

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(p.23) Two Reconciling fuel poverty and climate change policy under the Coalition government: Green Deal or no deal?
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Social Policy Review 25
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Carolyn Snell

Harriet Thomson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447312741.003.0002

Carolyn Snell and Harriet Thomson, authors of Chapter Two, discuss the Coalition government's attempt to reconcile two key dimensions of its energy policy: climate change and fuel poverty. Climate change relates to the ‘use of non-renewable forms of energy’, and fuel poverty is ‘often associated with the underuse or excessive cost of household energy’. As part of their analysis, Snell and Thomson discuss the Energy Act 2011 and its flagship policy, ‘The Green Deal’. For reasons that are explained in the chapter, the authors argue that attempts to deal with climate change can have the undesirable effect of increasing fuel poverty. In their words, ‘one policy outcome may damage the progress of the other’.

Keywords:   Fuel poverty, Energy policy, Coalition government, Climate change, Energy Act 2011, The Green Deal

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