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Fuel Poverty Facts
(A fact sheet on fuel poverty)
What is Fuel Poverty
(also known as Energy Poverty in other parts of the world)
The UK government defines fuel poverty as
A household is said to be in fuel poverty 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).
Fuel poverty is caused by the interaction of a number of factors, but three
specifically stand out. These are:
1. The energy efficiency status of the property
2. The cost of energy
3. Household income
How many People are in Fuel Poverty in the
In 2005, 2.5 million households in the UK
were classed as fuel poor.
This figure can be found alongside other detailed information in the report
below by clicking the link:
UK fuel poverty strategy - 5th Fuel Poverty Annual Progress Report 2007
In 2006 an estimated 3.5 million households in the UK were classed as fuel
In 2007 an estimated 4.5 million households in the UK were classed as fuel
(Based on facts from Age Concern)
By the end of 2008 it is estimated that
around 6 million households will be forced into fuel poverty due to an
average increase of 43% in energy bills.
(Based on facts from National Housing Association)
Estimations vary from different sources
however one must be mindful of the massive increases in energy prices that
recently occurred in Britain.
For instance The National Housing Association
has revealed in a report the following:
5.7m households will be spending at least 10%
of their income on energy bills by the end of 2009 – an increase of 100%
over 2005 levels.
With annual electricity bills due to increase to over £500 per year, and gas
bills to increase to around £900, by 2010, the report shows that the number
of people struggling to pay their bills will increase to record levels.
According to the report, 5,720,000 households will be in fuel poverty by the
end of next year compared to 2,400,000 in 2005 (and 3,774,000 at the end of
2007). This means that 13.4m people will be hit by fuel poverty in 2009 –
which equates to 23% of the British population.
In 2005, the average energy bill per annum was £676. However, next year this
is set to rocket to £1,406.
More about their findings are in the link