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2018 fuel poverty statistics released today

30 April 2020

Fuel poverty figures for 2018 were released on 30 April 2020 by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. In Kirklees 10.6% of households live in fuel poverty (England 10.3%). Areas of older housing are those which are likely to be most energy inefficient. In Kirklees Savile Town, Lockwood, Thornton Lodge and part of Ravensthorpe all have between 22-25% of households which are fuel poor.


Fuel poverty in England is measured using the Low Income High Costs (LIHC) indicator, which considers a household to be fuel poor if:
• they have required fuel costs that are above average (the national median level); and
• were they to spend that amount, they would be left with a residual income below the poverty line.

Residual income is defined as equivalised income after housing costs, tax and National Insurance.
The poverty line (income poverty) is defined as an equivalised disposable income of less than 60% of the national median.

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