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Pensioners: Fuel Poverty

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her most recent estimate is of the number of people aged over (a) 65 and (b) 85 years in (i) Vale of York constituency, (ii) North Yorkshire and (iii) England who are living in fuel poverty. (294567)

I have been asked to reply.

Fuel poverty is measured at household level rather than at individual level.

The most recently available sub-regional split of fuel poverty relates to 2006, and shows that there were around 4,800 fuel poor households in the Vale of York constituency and around 34,600 fuel poor households in North Yorkshire. Sub-regional fuel poverty figures are not available split by age.

More recent figures are available for England and the regions. These show that in 2007, there were around 333,000 fuel poor households in Yorkshire and the Humber and 2.8 million fuel poor households in England. The following table provides figures split by age.

Fuel poor households with:

Yorkshire and the Humber

England

A member aged over 65 years

147,000

1,183,000

A member aged over 85 years

13,000

144,000