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Fuel Poverty

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) rural and (b) urban households which are in fuel poverty. (241472)

A breakdown based on the rurality of the household, as defined by the National Statistics Definition, is available in the “Fuel Poverty Statistics: Detailed Tables 2006” available online at:

http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file48038.pdf

Table 35 holds the following information for England only:

Percentage households in groupNumber households in group (thousand)

Rurality

Not fuel poor

Fuel poor

Not fuel poor

Fuel poor

Total number of households (thousand)

Percentage total fuel poor in group

Urban

89.6

10.4

15,253

1,768

17,022

72.7

Town and fringe

89.1

10.9

1,857

227

2,084

9.3

Village, hamlet and isolated dwellings

79.4

20.6

1,679

437

2,115

18.0

Total

88.5

11.5

18,789

2,432

21,221

100.0