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Fuel Poverty: Inverness

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) households, (b) children and (c) pensioners were living in fuel poverty in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency in each year since 1997. (200087)

The Scottish House Condition Survey, run by the Scottish Government, collects data on fuel poverty but the sample size is too small to produce meaningful estimates at a level below local authority. No low level modelling of fuel poverty has been conducted by the Scottish Government.

The following table shows estimates of the number of households in fuel poverty in the Highland Council region, the lowest geographical area at which it is produced, for each available year since 1997.

Fuel poverty in the Highland Council region

Fuel poor

Not fuel poor

Thousand

Percentage

Thousand

Percentage

Total

2002

20,000

22

70,000

78

89,000

Combined 2003-06

29,000

29

70,000

71

99,000