Saturday, 26th November 2011
UK: A summary assessment of fuel poverty in London in 2009 and scenarios to 2013
Source: GLA Economics
From Executive Summary:
In 2001, the Government published its Fuel Poverty Strategy for England in response to the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act, 2000. It set an interim objective of eradicating fuel poverty in vulnerable households - as far as reasonably practicable - by 2010. Furthermore, under the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act (2000), no household should be in fuel poverty - as far as reasonably practicable - by 2016. However, in spite of significant investment, the number of households assessed to be in fuel poverty has not fallen in line with targets and the latest official data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) suggests that the incidence of fuel poverty has risen since 2004....
...The official DECC measure for fuel poverty (using full income) underestimates the incidence of fuel poverty in the capital due to the inclusion of housing-related benefits as income under that measure. Using a basic income measure in its place raises the incidence of fuel poverty in London from 13.3 per cent to 18.6 per cent. Furthermore, the actual numbers of households involved are very substantial, although the 12.9 per cent share of national households in fuel poverty is slightly less than London’s share of English households. When severe fuel poverty is examined, there are more than 126,400 households in London falling within the definition. However, in the case of both fuel poverty and severe fuel poverty, there are significant numbers in the capital just beneath the threshold level (i.e. between 7.6 per cent and 10.0 per cent of basic income).
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