Lowest rates of fuel poverty
PARTS of Buckinghamshire have some of the lowest rates of fuel poverty in England.
In South Bucks, 6.8% of households were in fuel poverty in 2013, according to the latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government, while in Aylesbury Vale it was 7.3%. Both areas have seen drops in the proportion of households in fuel poverty since 2012.
Fuel poverty in England is measured using the Low Income High Costs indicator, which considers a household to be fuel poor if they have required fuel costs that are above average and were they to spend that amount, they would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line.
The measure includes some households who may not traditionally be considered to be poor but are pushed into fuel poverty by their very high energy requirements.
Others may have low incomes, but also have low fuel costs, and are not considered to be fuel poor.