Lessons from Europe on fuel poverty: sharing knowledge globally

by Harriet Thomson

Fuel poverty, which is more commonly referred to as energy poverty outside the UK, occurs when a household experiences inadequate levels of essential energy services (such as heating, cooling, and lighting). Fuel poverty is a distinct form of poverty associated with a range of adverse consequences for people’s health and wellbeing – with respiratory and cardiac illnesses, and mental health, exacerbated due to low temperatures and stress associated with unaffordable energy bills. It is estimated that almost 60 million households in the EU are experiencing fuel poverty.

Whilst fuel poverty is gaining increasing recognition across Europe, and has been identified as a policy priority by several key institutions – including the European Commission and European Parliament – just a few years ago there were substantial gaps in knowledge about the issue. Continue reading

Where next for discussions on household food insecurity in the UK?

Dr Hannah Lambie-Mumford is a Research Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (Speri), University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on food insecurity, the rise of emergency food provision in the UK and the human right to food.


At this time of year, many of us are moved by the stories brought to the fore by festive charitable appeals. Food banks are an increasingly prominent form of charitable giving and at the beginning of this month Fareshare and the Trussell Trust ran their Christmas Neighbourhood Food Collection in Tesco stores nationwide. Continue reading