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Fuel Poverty Strategy

Here you can find information on Nottingham's Fuel Poverty Strategy.

Nottingham City Council is determined to create a city that is fair for everyone and where we all have an equal and positive chance to succeed. Tackling fuel poverty will be a key step towards achieving this. Our aim is to provide affordable warmth and healthy homes for all citizens.

Fuel poverty occurs when households cannot afford to keep adequately warm because the costs of heating their home are higher than average and paying for those costs leave them below the poverty line. This affects around 15% of households in Nottingham and is one of the top five priorities for Nottingham City Council.

The Domestic Energy Efficiency Fuel Poverty Subgroup (DEEFP) has created the strategy framework and objectives. The partnership consists of council officers from different directorates, third sector organisations and local academics. The strategy was launched in autumn 2018 and runs to 2025. Our work will support the government aims of eliminating E, F and G EPC rated homes occupied by fuel poor households by 2025, where practicable, and enforcing new legislation to protect renters through Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.

It is our intention for Nottingham to become a beacon city for innovation in tackling fuel-poverty and improving domestic energy efficiency. The long-term vision is for Nottingham City Council, partners and citizens to be empowered to tackle fuel-poverty challenges in a low carbon, embedded and sustainable approach. We believe this will improve what we do and make initiatives less reliant on changeable funding arrangements. In order to meet our aspirations we are seeking to address the city’s challenges prioritising the most acute cases and areas first. We want to develop adaptive whole-house and person centred approaches, using the latest in data analytics, business models, behaviour change interventions and smart technologies.

The strategy tackles fuel-poverty in three key ways:

  • Reduce energy bills
  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Maximise household income

Looking to the future, our strategy will examine links between fuel-poverty, indoor air-quality and summer overheating. Below are examples of our innovative thinking:

Find out more about the agencies in Nottingham working to tackle fuel poverty and how they can help local households.

Further Information


If you are interested in finding out more of the work of the DEEPF or the council’s work to tackle fuel poverty please contact customersupport@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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