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Fuel Poverty

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many households in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas were classified as being in fuel poverty in each year since 1997; and what each figure represents per 1,000 total households. (85941)

The numbers of urban, suburban and rural households in fuel poverty in England are presented for all available years since 1996 using the current fuel poverty methodology. The analyses for the years 2003 and 2004 have been done using the respective combined years’ datasets of the English House Condition Survey.

Note that all figures are quoted to the nearest 100,000 households. Because of rounding, totals may not sum to the official fuel poverty statistics. Small inter-year variations may also be due to rounding and may not be statistically significant.

Number of fuel poor households

Thousand

1996

2001

2003

2004

Urban

1200

500

400

300

Suburban

3000

800

500

600

Rural

1000

500

300

300

Number of fuel poor households per 1000 total households

1996

2001

2003

2004

Urban

282

93

70

68

Suburban

253

72

48

50

Rural

258

110

76

74