Statistics and Trends

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Definition:

Fuel Poverty is the inability to afford adequate energy 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. An additional element to this definition was added by the Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Act 2019, see Definitions and Targets - Scotland.

Fuel poverty is caused by a combination of factors: poor energy efficiency of the dwelling; low disposable household income, the high price of domestic fuel and how energy is used in the home.

Key Statistics:

Fuel poverty in Scotland in 2018 was 619,000 households or 25%
Extreme fuel poverty in 2018 was 279,000 households or 11.3%

(Source: The Scottish House Condition Survey: 2018 Key Findings)

Contents

Scottish House Condition Survey

Fuel Poverty across the UK

Energy Trends and Quarterly Prices

Increased Winter Mortality (Excess Winter Deaths)

Poverty and Inequality