* Fuel poverty is a serious and deepening national problem affecting households with low incomes and high energy costs in particular.

* This briefing summarises the findings of the Hills Review of Fuel Poverty which recommended a new way of defining and measuring fuel poverty, and the Government’s response which is consulting on implementing the proposals and revising its Fuel Poverty Strategy.

* Local authorities have been at the forefront of tackling fuel poverty, spanning action on housing and regeneration to climate change and sustainability to poverty and health.

* Local authorities are encouraged to respond to the consultation, drawing on views from across the council, on the practical and policy implications of the changes proposed and the Government’s review of its fuel poverty policies. The deadline for responses is 30 November 2012.

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