Low­est rates of fuel poverty

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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