Statistics and Trends
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Fuel Poverty is the inability to afford adequate warmth in the home, usually defined as having to spend more than 10% of income to meet recognised heating standards. Extreme fuel poverty is defined as requiring more than 20% of income for domestic fuel. (Source: The Scottish Fuel Poverty Statement, 2002)
Fuel poverty is caused by a combination of three factors: poor energy efficiency of the dwelling; low disposable household income and the high price of domestic fuel.
Fuel poverty in Scotland in 2015 was 748,000 households or 30.7%
Extreme fuel poverty in 2015 was 203,000 households or 8.3%
(Source: The Scottish House Condition Survey: 2015 Key Findings)