The Committee on Fuel Poverty’s Third Annual Report has concluded that overall progress on reducing fuel poverty is “stalling”.

Released on 7 November, the report found that, since the launch of the government’s fuel poverty strategy in 2015, the total number of households in fuel poverty has increased by 210,000, up to 2.55mn. However, it was also found that the average fuel poverty gap – the amount needed to get out of fuel poverty – has reduced 7% to £326/ year.

The committee recommended additional energy efficiency measures to help households escape fuel poverty and meet the government’s 2020 and 2025 fuel poverty targets, as well as new measures that require landlords to provide homes that are affordable to heat.