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IGEM State of the Nation Report on fuel poverty – ‘Out in the Cold’

IGEM's inaugural report on fuel poverty published in December 2011, examines the issue of fuel poverty in the UK, specifically focussing on the effectiveness of the initiatives designed to tackle the problem and how they could be improved or better targeted.

The report, entitled 'Out in the Cold' was launched on Wednesday 14th December 2011 in the Jubilee Room off Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster. It was presented by IGEM Chief Executive, Dr Claire Curtis-Thomas in conjunction with Barry Sheerman MP for Huddersfield, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Gas Safety Group and Secretary of the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group, to an audience of key industry stakeholders, Members of Parliament and Government representatives including Barry Gardiner MP for Brent North, Member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.

IGEM would like to thank the following individuals for their assistance in compiling this report.

  • Jenny Saunders, CEO, National Energy Action
  • Derek Lickorish, Chair, Fuel Poverty Advisory Group
  • Phil Rider, Operations Director, National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions
  • Jean Pearce, Homeowner
  • Philip Quinney, Homeowner

For more information or to enquire about any aspect of IGEM's fuel poverty report please email

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Press Release 1
Climate based Winter Fuel Payments

Press Release 2
Winter Fuel Payment to target wider range of individuals

Press Release 3
Continuation of 'Warm Front' scheme

Press Release 4
Review of energy tariffs for pre-payment meters

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