Written Question on Fuel Poverty

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Date Title Questioner
24 Oct 2017, 11:32 a.m. Fuel Poverty Mr Stephen Hepburn

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK spent more than 10 per cent of their income on fuel bills in each of the last five years.

Answer (Claire Perry)

In England, approximately 2.36 million households spent more than 10 per cent of their full income on fuel bills in 2015. This is around 10.4 per cent of all households. In the North East, approximately 0.15 million households (13.3 per cent), spent more than 10 per cent of their full income on fuel bills. Data is only available at the regional level and is not broken down further to Local Authority level.

Fuel poverty is based on the low income high costs (LIHC) indicator. Data is for England rather than the UK. The number and proportion of households in fuel poverty for the requested areas can be seen in the table below.

Jarrow Constituency

South Tyneside

North East

England

2015

Number of households

4,500

8,400

151,900

2,502,000

Proportion (%)

11.9

12.3

13.3

11.0

2014

Number of households

4,100

8,000

139,500

2,379,000

Proportion (%)

10.8

11.8

12.2

10.6

2013

Number of households

3,900

7,600

134,900

2,347,000

Proportion (%)

10.5

11.3

11.8

10.4

2012

Number of households

3,800

7,200

129,000

2,360,000

Proportion (%)

10.4

11.0

11.6

10.8

2011

Number of households

3,700

7,100

141,700

2,433,000

Proportion (%)

9.4

10.2

12.4

11.1

These figures are based on the fuel poverty dataset. The methodology for this can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fuel-poverty-statistics-methodology-handbook

The sub-regional figures can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/sub-regional-fuel-poverty-data-2017

This is based on data the English Housing Survey which is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The methodology for this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/english-housing-survey-guidance-and-methodology.


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