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Fuel Poverty

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of recent trends in fuel poverty. (179540)

Since 1996, we have made good progress towards our targets on fuel poverty. Most recent figures show there are approximately 2.5 million households in fuel poverty in the UK in 2005. This is around four million fewer than in 1996, but represents an increase of 0.5 million households since 2004, reflecting the impact of rising energy prices on fuel poverty. While initiatives to tackle fuel poverty have helped millions of households, recent trends in energy prices present a significant challenge.