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Statistics and Trends

Statistics and Trends

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Definition:

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. 

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.

Key Statistics:

  • Fuel poverty in Scotland in 2012 was 647,000 households or 27.1%
  • The level of extreme fuel poverty recorded in 2012 was 170,000 households or 7.1%.
  • Taking into account recent fuel price rises, EAS estimates that over 900,000 households are currently living in fuel poverty.

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