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Housing: Fuel Poverty

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 25 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What estimate they have made of the level of fuel poverty by 2010 in (a) the United Kingdom, and (b) each of the constituent countries of the United Kingdom. [HL3155]

As fuel poverty is a devolved issue, monitoring of progress is taken forward on a country-by-country basis.

Projections of the number of vulnerable households in fuel poverty in 2010 in England can be found in the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy 4th Annual Progress Report ( Estimates show that approximately 1.2 million vulnerable households will remain in fuel poverty in England in 2010. Under the high-case scenario, 2.1 million vulnerable households are estimated to be in fuel poverty, with 700,000 vulnerable households remaining in fuel poverty under the low-case scenario. These estimates exclude the effect of energy efficiency measures available under our programmes.

Updated projections of fuel poverty in England in 2010 will be published in the Government's energy White Paper later this year. No similar information is available for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, or for the UK as a whole.