Fuel Poverty

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate she has made of the number of households in fuel poverty in each (a) nation and (b) region of the UK in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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

The number of households in fuel poverty in England between 2003 and 2017 (latest data) can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/fuel-poverty-trends-2019.

For Scotland, data from 2011 to 2017 (latest data) can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-house-condition-survey-2017-key-findings/pages/6/

ForWales, latest published data (for 2018) can be found here: https://gov.wales/fuel-poverty-estimates-wales-2018

For Northern Ireland, data for 2006, 2009 and 2011 can be found here: https://www.ninis2.nisra.gov.uk/public/SearchResults.aspx?sk=fuel;poverty; Latest available figures (for 2016) can be found here: https://www.nihe.gov.uk/getmedia/1f9e55a1-66c2-46b7-bf92-9ee192ce355f/estimates-of-fuel-poverty-northern-ireland-2017-and-2018-revised.pdf.aspx?ext=.pdf

The number of households in fuel poverty for each region in England can be found in Table 4 here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/fuel-poverty-trends-2019.

Please note that due to both definition and methodological differences, the figures should not be combined.

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