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Fuel Poverty

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Oliver Colvile Oliver Colvile Conservative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people living in private rented accomodation are 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 the household level, rather than in terms of numbers of individuals.

Under the 10% measure of fuel poverty in 2011, the most recent year that data are available for, there were 632,000 households in private rented accommodation that were in fuel poverty. This represented 17% of all households in this group.

On 9 July, DECC announced that they would be adopting a new indicator to measure fuel poverty, based on the recommendations from Professor Hills' independent review. Statistics on fuel poverty under this measure will be published at 9.30 am on 8 August. This will include the number of households in private rented accommodation in fuel poverty.

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