Fuel poverty in England is measured using the Low Income High Costs (LIHC) indicator. Under the LIHC indicator, a household is considered to be fuel poor if:
• they have required fuel costs that are above average (the national median level)
• were they to spend that amount, they would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line
In 2014, the number of households in fuel poverty in England was estimated at 2.38 million, representing approximately 10.6 per cent of all English households. This is a slight increase compared to 2013.
The average fuel poverty gap (the amount needed to meet the fuel poverty threshold) was estimated to be £371 and the aggregate fuel poverty gap across all fuel poor households was £882 million. These have decreased since 2013.
In 2014, 6.8 per cent of fuel poor households are living in a property with an fuel poverty energy efficiency rating of band C or above, compared to 1.5 per cent in 2010.
There was an increase in the proportion of households in band E and above (from 86.8 in 2013 to 88.4 per cent in 2014) and a continued reduction in fuel poor households in bands F and G
Fuel Poverty in 2014
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Change in fuel poverty - % of households by year
In Northumberland in 2014, 13.3% of households were in fuel poverty. which was higher than the North East figure of 12.2.