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Fuel Poverty

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of John Robertson John Robertson Labour, Glasgow North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of children under five years old living in fuel poverty.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Fuel poverty is measured at a household rather than an individual level. In 2010, the latest year for which data are available, 271,000 households containing a child under five were estimated to be in fuel poverty. This equates to 9.6% of households containing a child under five.

We are committed to helping low income, vulnerable households heat their homes affordably. Households with young children and in receipt of qualifying benefits may be able to access assistance to improve the energy efficiency of their home through the Warm Front scheme. In addition, a discount may be available on their energy bill through the Warm Home Discount Broader Group.

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