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Fuel Poverty

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 27th June 2018.

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Photo of Alistair Carmichael Alistair Carmichael Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of households in fuel poverty have (a) no connection to the gas grid, (b) at least one prepayment meter installed and (c) electric central heating.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

Fuel poverty is a devolved issue, each nation in the UK has its own fuel poverty definition, targets and policies to tackle the issue.

In 2015, the proportion of fuel poor households in England with no connection to the gas grid was estimated to be 18.5% (463,000 households).

The proportion of fuel poor households in England with at least one prepayment meter was estimated to be 32.9% (823,000 households).

The proportion of fuel poor households in England using electric central heating was 8.2% (204,000 households).

The latest fuel poverty detailed tables for England can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/fuel-poverty-detailed-tables-2017

Note that the latest fuel poverty annual statistics for England are due to be published on the 26th of June, 2018.

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