Energy price rises have been amongst the biggest change that has taken place in our society over the last few decades. Their impact, particularly when this book was first published in 1983, had a growing importance in social policy, practice and research, and fuel was, and still is, a major public issue. This collection of essays describes how any why domestic fuel prices have been rising faster than other prices and incomes, what impacts this has on domestic budgets, and the extent of ‘fuel poverty’. The resulting problems of debts, disconnections, cold conditions and hypothermia are discussed by specialists in these fields. This book is ideal for students of economics and social policy.
Table of Contents
Notes on contributors; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: Jonathan Bradshaw; Part 1: Problems; 2. Trends in energy pricing: Toby Harris 3. Fuel expenditure: Sandra Hutton 4. Debt: Gillian Parker 5. Disconnection: Richard Berthoud 6. Cold conditions, hypothermia and health: Malcolm Wicks; Part 2: Policies; 7. Policy: Jonathan Bradshaw 8. Fuel allowances: Toby Harris 9. Preventing debt and disconnection: Richard Berthoud 10. Tariff tilting: Jonathan Bradshaw and Sandra Hutton 11. Insulation and energy conservation: Frances Williams 12. Conclusion: Jonathan Bradshaw and Toby Harris; Index