Through the Energy Act 2013, the Government has laid the ground for a new legal framework to monitor fuel poverty in England using the Low Income High Costs Indicator (LIHC). The Fuel poverty statistics report published today, 12th June 2014, is based on this LIHC definition and presents a comprehensive view of the latest statistical trends and analysis relating to 2012.
In the 2012:
- The number of households in fuel poverty in England was estimated at around 2.28 million, representing approximately 10.4 per cent of all English households. This is a fall from 2.39 million households in 2011 (a reduction of almost 5%).
- The aggregate fuel poverty gap also dropped by around five per cent, from £1.06 billion in 2011 to £1.01 billion in 2012 (in real terms), as did the average fuel poverty gap - from £445 to £443.
The full statistical release is available below.