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Fuel Poverty

Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households were estimated to be in fuel poverty in each (a) region and (b) London local authority area in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available. (276268)

Regional fuel poverty figures are not available prior to 2001. The following table shows a regional breakdown of fuel poverty for 2006, the most recent year for which data are available.

Region

Number of fuel poor households 2006 (thousand)

North East

179

Yorks and Humber

273

North West

415

East Midlands

236

West Midlands

304

South West

256

East England

224

South East

291

London

254

Total

2,432

Local authority data on fuel poverty are not available for 1997. The most recent year for which local authority levels of fuel poverty are available is 2003 and the following table shows these for local authorities in London.

Local authority

Number of fuel poor households 2003 (thousand)

Barking and Dagenham

3,900

Barnet

6,700

Bexley

5,000

Brent

5,300

Bromley

6,700

Camden

4,800

City of London

200

Croydon

7,700

Ealing

6,100

Enfield

6,000

Greenwich

5,300

Hackney

4,600

Hammersmith and Fulham

3,800

Haringey

5,200

Harrow

4,000

Havering

5,000

Hillingdon

4,800

Hounslow

4,300

Islington

4,200

Kensington and Chelsea

4,100

Kingston upon Thames

3,200

Lambeth

6,100

Lewisham

5,900

Merton

4,200

Newham

5,800

Redbridge

5,200

Richmond upon Thames

4,100

Southwark

5,400

Sutton

3,900

Tower Hamlets

3,800

Waltham Forest

5,300

Wandsworth

5,900

Westminster

5,600

London total

162,200