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Health and social outcomes of housing policies to alleviate fuel poverty

Poortinga, Wouter 2019. Health and social outcomes of housing policies to alleviate fuel poverty. In: Fabbri, Kristian ed. Urban Fuel Poverty, Academic Press, pp. 239-258. (10.1016/B978-0-12-816952-0.00010-7)

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Abstract

This chapter considers the implications of housing policies to alleviate fuel poverty, through a comprehensive narrative review of the literature on the consequences of living in fuel poverty and cold homes, and those on the health and social outcomes of home energy-efficiency improvements. The chapter shows that living in fuel poverty and cold homes has severe implications for people's physical health and their mental and social wellbeing, and that these can be alleviated with well-designed housing policies. It further shows that, while demand-led schemes are more likely than area-based ones to provide health benefits, any housing improvement program can have substantial positive social outcomes by improving living conditions and household finances. The policy implications of these findings are discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Architecture
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 9780128169520
Date of Acceptance: 30 January 2019
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 10:00
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/124424

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