The estimated number of households in fuel poverty in the UK was around 2 million in 2003. The latest year for which figures are available is for 2007 and this shows that there were around 4 million fuel- poor households in the UK.
The most recently available sub-regional split of fuel poverty relates to 2006, and shows that there were around 2,600 fuel-poor households in the Billericay constituency. In 2003 there were around 2,400 fuel-poor households in the Billericay constituency.
We are aware of the challenges that exist for households off the gas main. To help address this:
Ofgem has incentivised large gas networks to provide connections to deprived households off the network;
CERT provides incentives for energy suppliers to promote heat pumps in off-gas-grid vulnerable properties;
Warm Front in England is piloting air source heat pumps, and
The forthcoming Renewable Heat Incentive has the potential to benefit off-gas-grid consumers.