An Assessment Tool for Low Income/High Costs (LIHC) Fuel Poverty – Final Stage 3

Start Date:               November 2015
Completion Date:  December 2017
Grant Holders:       Richard Moore and Energy Audit Company
Main Contact:         Richard Moore


This is the final third stage of a project to develop a flexible assessment tool to target low income/high costs (LIHC) fuel poverty, jointly funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Citizens Advice, National Energy Action and Eaga Charitable Trust.  The report updates the 2015 Stage 2 report and is in two parts.  The first part details the further development and extension of the UNO based software version of the tool and the production of a new web based version (freely available on the NEA website – link below).  The second part describes the practical problems with the official LIHC indicator and shows how the assessment tool can be used to more accurately and comprehensively target those households most in need.

Links to Stage 3 full report, research summary and guidance documents:

Full report

Research summary

Guidance documents

Fuel poverty assessment tool 

An Assessment Tool for Low Income/High Costs (LIHC) Fuel Poverty – Stage 2 (2015)


This is the second stage of a project to market test, develop and disseminate a practical assessment tool to target low income/high cost (LIHC) fuel poverty.  Using the Energy Audit Company’s UNO model as a basis, a prototype tool to determine LIHC fuel poverty and measure the fuel poverty gap will be developed and tested for accuracy using English Housing Survey data. The tool will be designed to assess the fuel poverty of individual households or areas of housing at three levels of detail, depending on the local data available.  As well as being free to existing UNO users, a detailed methodological report will enable others to replicate the tool.

Links to Stage 2 full report & research summary:

Stage 2 full report

Stage 2 research summary