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Fuel Poverty: Children

Question for Department for Energy and Climate Change

UIN 6735, tabled on 13 July 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many children were living in households classed as being in fuel poverty in (a) Bristol South constituency, (b) Bristol, (c) the South West and (d) England in each year since 2010.

Answered on

23 July 2015

Fuel poverty is measured at the household level rather than the individual level and detailed data on the age of household occupants is not available at the sub-regional level.

The table below shows the number of fuel poor households which contain at least one child under the age of 16 in (a) England and (b) the South West, in each year since 2010.

Number and proportion of fuel poor households with at least one child under 16

England

South West

(000s)

%

(000s)

%

2013

1064

45

115

42

2012

1101

47

77

35

2011

1029

42

74

33

2010

988

40

74

29

Government is committed to supporting fuel poor households in line with our fuel poverty obligations. For example, the Energy Company Obligation supports around 260,000 households per year on low incomes or in low income areas with insulation and heating measures to bring their bills down. Further, the Warm Home Discount provided support to over 2 million low income households with £140 discounts on their electricity bill last winter.

Answered by

Department for Energy and Climate Change