'Heating or eating' and the impact of austerity

Hannah Lambie-Mumford, Carolyn Jane Snell

Research output: Other contribution


This Brief draws on the work of Hannah Lambie-Mumford (SPERI) and Carolyn
Snell (Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York) which
examines the themes of food, fuel and austerity and considers the dilemma faced
by many people on low incomes about whether to ‘heat or eat’. In the current era
of austerity this dilemma has received a lot of political and media attention and
the research assesses to what extent it represents real-life experiences. The Brief
contributes to ongoing debates about the impact of the Coalition and Conservative
majority government’s welfare reform agendas and public sector spending cuts.
It identifies policy responses at a national level, and for rural communities, that
address food poverty and fuel poverty.
Original languageEnglish
Typeresearch summary
Media of outputPDF
PublisherSheffield Political Economy Research Institute
Number of pages5
Place of PublicationSheffield
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2016

Publication series

NameSPERI British Political Economy Brief No. 19


  • Fuel poverty
  • austerity
  • food banks

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