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Fuel Poverty or Energy Injustice? More blaming the victim.

This article by David Ormandy questions why tenants (particularly those on low incomes) are blamed for fuel (or energy) poverty and left exposed to suffer the consequences (April 2023 Legal Action 15). It looks into the interpretation of the term ‘fuel poverty’, and argues that, by definition, the dwelling is the problem. Whereas it is logical to put responsibility on the landlord, it is the tenant, being in the weakest position, who is made the scapegoat. Consequently, ‘energy injustice’ is proposed as a better term as it includes the wider causes and recognises the widespread ‘blame the weakest’ attitude.

The full article is available here:

Legal Action Group Fuel poverty v energy injustice
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