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Fuel Poverty: Kingston upon Hull

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 14th February 2013.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of households in (a) Hull and (b) Kingston upon Hull North constituency who were living in fuel poverty in each of the last five years; and how many such households will be eligible for assistance under the Government's proposals for an energy company obligation.

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

Fuel poverty is measured at household level. DECC has produced estimates of local area fuel poverty for 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 (the latest year available). No estimate was produced for 2007. The figures for Kingston upon Hull North constituency and Kingston upon Hull are shown in the following table.

  Kingston upon Hull North constituency Kingston upon Hull
2010 6,681 19,017
2009 8,103 23,231
2008 7,539 21,375
2006 6,568 17,580

We do not have data relating to eligibility for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) for any given constituency or local authority area. ECO contains three separate obligations, two of which are designed to support low income households. The ECO Affordable Warmth obligation supports means-tested benefit recipients in private, tenure properties. The Impact Assessment published estimates the total size of the eligible pool for this part of the policy as some 2.7 million households in Great Britain:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/42984/5533-final-stage-impact-assessment-for-the-green-deal-a.pdf

The Carbon Saving Communities obligation under ECO will support those living in low income areas. A full list of eligible areas has been published and is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/48405/5536-carbon-saving-community-obligation-rural-and-low-.pdf

ECO is expected to deliver support to some 230,000 low income and vulnerable households each year, accounting for some £540 million of the total £1.3 billion annual investment.

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