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Fuel Poverty

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of (a) pensioner households and (b) other households which were living in fuel poverty in each year since 1996. (205547)

The most recent year for which numbers of households in fuel poverty are available is 2005. Various splits of the headline fuel poverty numbers for England are published in “Fuel Poverty 2005: detailed tables” available online at

http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file42705.pdf.

The following table shows the number of pensioner households living in fuel poverty since 2003, the first year for which estimates for pensioners were made.

Estimated number of fuel poor households (1,000s)

2003

2004

2005

Pensioners

634

604

794

Non-pensioners

588

632

735

Total

1,222

1,236

1,529

Figures for 2006 will be available later this year.