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Fuel Poverty

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) Peterborough, (b) Cambridgeshire and (c) the UK which were in fuel poverty in the last year for which figures are available. (234415)

Most recent estimates of fuel poverty are available for 2006 and show that in the UK there were around 3.5 million households living in fuel poverty in 2006. No sub-regional split of fuel poverty exists for 2006.

The most recently available sub-regional split of fuel poverty relates to 2003, and shows that in Peterborough there were around 4,100 fuel poor households in 2003, and around 17,200 in Cambridgeshire. In 2003, there were around two million households living in fuel poverty in the UK.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the percentage of households living in fuel poverty who are on a social tariff from their energy supplier; and if he will make a statement. (234662)

The requested data do not exist.

Ofgem publish information on the number of customers benefiting from social assistance offered by suppliers, but it does not state how many of these are living in fuel poverty.