Fuel Poverty

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 18th March 2021.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Labour, Hemsworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people were in fuel poverty, in each year from 2010 to 2021.

Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

Fuel poverty is measured at the household level. Using the Low Income Low Energy Efficiency (LILEE) indicator, a household is considered to be fuel poor if it is living in a property with a fuel poverty energy efficiency rating of band D, E, F or G and its after housing costs income minus its energy costs would be less than 60 per cent of the median after housing costs income.” The number of households in fuel poverty in England between 2010 and 2019, the latest year for which statistics are available is shown in the table below:

Table 1 - Total number of households living in fuel poverty, 2010-2019

Year

Number of households (000's)

Proportion of fuel poor households (%)

Fuel poor

2010

4,780

22.1

2011

4,726

21.6

2012

4,351

19.8

2013

4,186

18.5

2014

3,905

17.3

2015

3,778

16.7

2016

3,731

16.2

2017

3,739

16.1

2018

3,517

15.0

2019

3,176

13.4

Note: This is based on the Low Income Low Energy Efficiency metric, 2010-2019

Further details on trends in fuel poverty in England can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/fuel-poverty-trends-2021.

Following the publication of the 2019 fuel poverty statistics on 4th March, projections for 2020 and 2021 are due to be published on the 29th of April this year.

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