Who is in fuel poverty?
Fuel poverty is caused by low incomes, high energy prices and energy inefficient housing.
- 21.5% of all households living in properties with the lowest energy ratings (E, F or G) are fuel poor – they make up 39.7% of all fuel-poor households. This is compared to only 2.7% of households that live in properties with the highest energy ratings (A, B or C) – they make up just 7.2% of all fuel-poor households.
-19.4% of households in the private rented sector are fuel poor – they make up 35.4% of all fuel-poor households. Among social tenants 13.8% of households are fuel poor, while 7.7% of owner occupiers are fuel poor.
- 82.1% of all fuel-poor households are considered vulnerable, that is one containing children, the elderly, or someone with a long-term illness or disability.
- The family types with the highest rates of fuel poverty are: lone parents (26.4%); multi-person households (15.2%); and couples with dependent children (14.7%).
- Only 30.1% of all fuel-poor households are eligible for the government’s leading fuel poverty programme ECO Affordable Warmth (ECO-AW), while only 30.2% of all ECO-AW eligible households are fuel poor (as of 2016).
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