Press release

Fuel Poverty, England 2011: statistical press release

The government has recently set out a new definition of fuel poverty, which it plans to adopt. As a result, new fuel poverty statistics have been published, based on this new definition.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Headline statistics on the new Low Income High Costs measure:

In 2011:

  • Around 2.39 million households in England were fuel poor under the new proposed LIHC measure, representing approximately 11% of the overall population. This is a decrease of around 84,000 households since 2010.
  • The aggregate fuel poverty gap under this new measure increased by £23 million, to £1.05 billion in 2011
  • The average fuel poverty gap increased by £24 to £438 in 2011

The full statistical release is available below.

Fuel Poverty, England 2011: statistical press release

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Published 8 August 2013