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Statistics and Trends

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.

Key Statistics:

  • Fuel poverty in Scotland in 2014 was 845,000 households or 34.9%
  • Extreme fuel poverty in 2014 was 229,000 households or 9.5%

(Source: The Scottish House Condition Survey: 2014 Key Findings)