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Fuel Poverty

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas in Northern Ireland are estimated to be living in fuel poverty; and if he will make a statement. (86316)

The 2004 Interim House Condition Survey collected fuel poverty information on a household and not an individual basis and has indicated that the number of households in fuel poverty in rural areas of Northern Ireland is 61,470 and the number in non-rural areas is 92,060.

The Department for Social Development, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and all the public, voluntary and community organisations concerned with fuel poverty will continue to bring forward and promote a range of measures to address this important issue, particularly in vulnerable households.