Fuel Poverty

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Draft Modern Slavery Bill Committee, Chair, Draft Modern Slavery Bill Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (a) how many and (b) what proportion of fuel poor households in England were pre-payment customers in each year since 2007.

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

The number and proportion of fuel poor households in England under the low income high costs (LIHC) definition, who use pre-payment for gas or electricity is shown in the following table for each year of available data since 2007:

  Prepayment meter for gas Prepayment meter for electricity
  Number of fuel poor households (£000) Proportion of fuel poor households (Percentage) Number of fuel poor households (£000) Proportion of fuel poor households (Percentage)
2007 455 19.3 575 24.4
2008 493 20.2 619 25.4
2009 523 21.0 670 27.0
2010 529 21.4 669 27.1
2011 467 19.6 592 24.8

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