Quality - Fuel Poverty

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend

Fuel Poverty

A person is living in fuel poverty if, in order to maintain a satisfactory heating regime, they would need to spend more than 10 per cent of their household income (including Housing Benefit or Income Support for Mortgage Interest) on all household fuel use. The Scottish Government have pledged to ensure that by November 2016, so far as is reasonably practicable, people are not living in fuel poverty in Scotland.

Between 2012 and 2013 fuel poverty increased by 4 percentage points from 35.2% to 39.1%. This represents an increase of around 100,000 households from the previous year, reaching 940,000 in 2013.

Fuel prices are an important factor in fuel poverty. Between 2010 and 2013 the amount of energy required to meet the standard heating regime for the average Scottish household has fallen by almost 8%, or over 2,000 kWh/a, as a result of improved energy efficiency of the housing stock. In the same period the cost of meeting that heating requirement has risen by over £300 on average, a 20% increase in cash terms since 2010.


Source: Scottish House Condition Survey

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Note: The definition of fuel poverty changed in 2002, and figures for 1996 are therefore not comparable with later years.

A new methodology for calculating required energy spend has been adopted and applied to data back to 2010 to provide comparison figures.

Further Information

Scottish House Condition Survey

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