Currently a home is classified as being in fuel poverty if it has to spend 10% or more of its total income on maintaining a 'satisfactory' level of heat. The new definition, however, proposes a more abstract perspective: if a household has above average fuel costs that leave them with a 'residual income below the official poverty line' they will be put in the bracket.
Human rights have become toxic in Britain. There is no genuine public debate over the issue - debates are supposed to be two sided, and progressive forces have not yet found a successful response to calls to scrap the Human Rights Act and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights... However, research on public attitudes suggests that this is a debate that pro-human rights forces could win.
As a nation, we appear to have gone in to meltdown over an impending fuel shortage, which doesn't - as I write - actually exist. Petrol is still in plentiful supply, with the only backlog that actually exists having been created by an inept government and panic buying motorists as retailers have a bumper week.