Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what change there has been in the number of people in (a) economic poverty and (b) fuel poverty in each of the last four years.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

For the purposes of responding to this parliamentary question we have interpreted ‘economic poverty’ as the population considered to be in relative and absolute low income both before and after housing costs have been deducted from income.

These figures are published in the annual Households Below Average Income report. A copy of the latest report can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/households-below-average-income-hbai-199495-to-201213.

Data for fuel poverty in England is published online at the following link:


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