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Fuel poverty statistics

This series brings together all documents relating to Fuel poverty statistics

The government has recently set out the new definition of fuel poverty which it intends to adopt under the Low Income High Costs (LIHC) framework. The August 2013 statistics release reflects this new definition.

Under the new definition, a household is said to be in fuel poverty if:

  • they have required fuel costs that are above average (the national median level)
  • were they to spend that amount they would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line

Statistics are also available for the 10 per cent definition. Under this, a household is said to be fuel poor if it needs to spend more than 10% of its income on fuel to maintain a satisfactory heating regime (usually 21 degrees for the main living area, and 18 degrees for other occupied rooms).

The key drivers behind fuel poverty are:

  • The energy efficiency of the property (and therefore, the energy required to heat and power the home)
  • The cost of energy
  • Household income

The 2011 fuel poverty dataset and advanced use data, and associated English Housing Survey (EHS) data behind the statistics presented will be available on the UK data archive from mid-late August.

Please note that you must first register before you can access the data.

2011 statistics

  1. Fuel poverty report: updated August 2013

    • 8 August 2013
    • Statistics
  2. Fuel poverty 2011 detailed tables

    • 19 September 2013
    • Statistics
  3. Fuel Poverty, England 2011: statistical press release

    • 8 August 2013
    • Press release
  4. Fuel poverty report: annual report on statistics 2013

    • 16 May 2013
    • Statistics
  5. Fuel poverty monitoring indicators

    • 16 May 2013
    • Statistics
  6. Trends in fuel poverty England: 2003 to 2011

    • 16 May 2013
    • Statistics

2010 statistics

  1. Fuel poverty: annual report on statistics 2012

    • 17 May 2012
    • Statistics
  2. Fuel poverty: monitoring indicators 2012

    • 17 May 2012
    • Statistics
  3. Trends in fuel poverty England: 2003 to 2010

    • 22 January 2013
    • Statistical data set
  4. Fuel poverty 2010: detailed tables

    • 22 January 2013
    • Statistical data set

Other documents

  1. Fuel Poverty methodology handbook 2013

    • 8 August 2013
    • Guidance
  2. The effect of uncertainty on the 2008 fuel poverty statistics

    • 31 March 2011
    • Statistics

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