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 2015, the number of households in fuel poverty in England was estimated at 2.5 million, representing approximately 11 per cent of all English households. This is a slight increase compared to 2014.
The average fuel poverty gap (the amount needed to meet the fuel poverty threshold) was estimated to be £353 and the aggregate fuel poverty gap across all fuel poor households was £884 million. These have stayed constant since the previous year.
In 2015, 7.8 per cent of fuel poor households were living in a property with an fuel poverty energy efficiency rating of band A, B or C compared to 1.5 per cent in 2010.
Fuel Poverty in 2015
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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.