1. Where a household is in fuel poverty, the fuel poverty gap is essentially the amount by which it falls into fuel poverty on an annual basis. This calculation takes into account inflation, to ensure that a comparison of costs across the years is not distorted by changes in the value of money. It further includes the ability to change how inflation is measured in order to be able to adapt to changing practices.
2. The only difference between the proposed new fuel poverty definition and the newly proposed extreme fuel poverty definition is that the former makes reference to 10% of income requiring to be spent on fuel, and the latter, 20%.
3. Delivering affordable warmth in rural Scotland: action plan
4. Please see the options paper provided to the Local Government and Communities Committee here:
17. Based on a 95% confidence level.
18. A restricted meter charges electricity customers lower rates for electricity usage during non-peak demand times. These customers are often unable to switch providers without first having their electricity meter replaced, and they are not offered the range of tariffs available to single rate meter customers.
19. Average incomes presented here are based on data collected from the Scottish House Condition Survey and are approximate. Other measures of income are available through the Scottish Household Survey, or the Family Resources Survey.
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