Housing Costs: Utilities (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th May 2022.

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What proportion of Londoners are in more than two months arrears with their utility bills?

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The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ (DLUHC’s) Household Resilience Study last carried out in April-May 2021 found that 6.4% of households in London had fallen behind with electricity, gas, water or other utility bills since November-December 2020. In addition, the same survey found that 18.2% of households in London reported finding it fairly or very difficult to meet their heating/fuel costs.

The GLA is currently undertaking its own Survey of Londoners and this will provide an updated picture of the proportion and types of Londoners that have household bills arrears (a broader measure capturing missed electricity, gas, broadband or council tax bills), and self-report living in fuel poverty. Survey results will be available in the Summer 2022.