Fuel poverty in England is measured using the Low Income High Costs (LIHC) indicator that was recommended by Professor Hills in his independent review of fuel poverty, and adopted by government in 2013.
The number of households in fuel poverty in England was estimated at around 2.35 million, representing approximately 10.4 per cent of all English households. This remains broadly the same as 2012, where the number of fuel poor households was 2.36 million (10.8 per cent of all English households).
The aggregate fuel poverty gap reduced by around four per cent in real terms, from £909 million in 2012 to £877 million in 2013. The average fuel poverty gap over this period also decreased from £385 to £374.
In 2014 a target was set to ensure that as many fuel poor homes as is reasonably practicable achieve a minimum energy efficiency rating of Band C by 2030. In 2013 five per cent of fuel poor households are living in a property with an energy efficiency rating of band C or above, which is an improvement from two per cent in 2010.
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