There are three key elements used to calculate fuel poverty, this is income, fuel prices and fuel consumption. In the UK you would be considered to be in fuel poverty if you spend more than 10% of your household’s income on heating your property. For example, if your household annual income is £10,000, and the cost of heating your property is over £1000, you will be considered to be in fuel poverty. It’s shocking for most people to learn that government figures in 2009 suggest over 5 million households are considered to be in fuel poverty. A high percentage of those 5 million homes are also considered to be vulnerable households. This can mean elderly people living in the property or people with young children or disabilities.
Given the current economic climate globally, combined with increasing fuel prices in the UK, it’s a difficult task for the government and energy supplies to reduce the number of families in the UK falling in to fuel poverty.
What is being done to stop fuel poverty?
Before looking for handouts, boiler grants or assistance from the government, there are many things people should do first. This could be;
- Researching the energy market to get the best deal.
- Heating your home in a sensible and efficient way.
- Maintaining the boiler in your property with an annual service.
If you are concerned about fuel poverty you can find out more information from your local council website.