The Sixth Annual Report on Fuel Poverty

Fuel poverty – where a household cannot afford to keep warm – damages the health of those living in cold homes and affects their quality of life. The old, children, and those who are disabled or have a long-term illness are especially vulnerable. The main cause of fuel poverty in the UK is a combination of poor energy efficiency in homes, low incomes and high energy prices. The Government has underlined its commitment to tackling fuel poverty through increased funding throughout the present spending round. . . . presents the statistics for the numbers in fuel poverty across the UK for 2006, and provides an update on the actions taken across and outside Government to tackle fuel poverty. Also published for the first time as part of the report is a detailed statistical annex which provides comprehensive analysis of the 2006 figures and projects forward the position for fuel poverty in 2007 and 2008.