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.
Headline statistics on the new Low Income High Costs measure:
- 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
Fuel Poverty, England 2011: statistical press release
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- 8 August 2013