Research Contract – Behaviour of households in fuel poverty

Research Contract – Behaviour of households in fuel poverty

DECC would like to commission a review of the evidence in relation to the behaviours of households who are in fuel poverty in order to inform current and future policy design.

Research project: Understanding the behaviours of households in fuel poverty

Reference number: 571/02/2013

Deadline date:21/08/2013

This deadline is for… 5pm

Contract value:£30,000 – £50,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: United Kingdom

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)


Description of the contract

DECC would like to commission a review of the evidence in relation to the behaviours of households who are in fuel poverty in order to inform current and future policy design. This project will be split into two phases, an initial search and a second synthesis phase. A contract break will be introduced after phase 1 to assess whether or not to continue with phase 2. If the results of the search phase suggest there is not sufficient robust evidence to proceed then phase 2 will not proceed. The aim of this project is to gain a better understanding and consolidate existing knowledge on attitudes and behaviours of the fuel poor in relation to heating, energy bills and energy efficiency. This will feed into a fuel poverty strategy. The existing definition of fuel poverty defines a household as fuel poor if it needs to spend more than 10% of its income to maintain a specific heating regime. Following the independent Hills Review, published in 2012, the Government has decided to adopt a new indicator to measure fuel poverty based on the recommendations from the Hills Review. This new indicator finds a household to be fuel poor if: • Their income is below the poverty line (taking into account energy costs); and • Their energy costs are higher than is typical for their household type It also uses a fuel poverty gap (i.e. the difference between a household’s bill and what their bill would need them to be for them to no longer be fuel poor) to measure the severity of the problem faced by fuel poor households. The new approach gives us the twin indicators of the ‘extent’ and ‘depth’ of fuel poverty. DECC are aware that there is evidence that exists on the attitudes and behaviours of the fuel poor/ vulnerable groups but the extent and quality of available evidence is not well understood. This project will consolidate the existing evidence to: • help identify the gaps in the evidence base that might need to be filled through future primary data collection • to inform future policy development by understanding where the current range of DECC policies are effectively reaching these groups or where new or amended policy might be required The project should undertake a qualitative assessment of the current evidence base in this area as well as looking at the specific questions listed in the tender document. Full details of requirements are laid out in the attached ITT


Classification of the contract

73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 3 Months


Who to contact

Contact name Jo Martin

Organisation name Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Address 2nd Floor, 3, Whitehall Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1A 2AW

Telephone 0300 068 5246

Extension number:


Web address


How to apply

If you wish to take part in this procurement please see the tender documents, attached to this Notice, and send your completed proposal to Jo Martin, Area 2C 3 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2AW. Any late submissions will not be considered. DECC reserves the right to halt the procurement process and to not award a contract. DECC will not be held liable for recovery of costs from unsuccessful bids if a contract is not awarded. All costs will be borne by the bidding organisations. If a contract is created it will be upon DECC Standard Terms and Conditions, which are available on the main DECC website – and will be issued to organisations invited to submit a tender bid. Completed tender submissions must be returned by post to DECC, address given at the top of this advertisement, by 17.00 21st August 2013. We require 3 hard copies (one of which must be signed). An electronic version of your bid should be sent to Jo Martin ( Interviews, if deemed necessary, will be held on 10th September (bidders will be notified of this on 2nd September). If successful, and upon contract signature, the supplier is expected to attend a meeting with DECC taking place in early September 2013. Project completion is required three months from the date of project commencement.